San Luis Obispo County Highpoint Trip Report

Caliente Mountain

Date: December 16, 2000
Author: Adam Helman

Both this and the Santa Barbara ascents were accomplished with a combination of bicycles and hiking. Scott Surgent and I were fortunate to have clear skies the entire time and cool weather. In comparison with other California county highpoints, the areas around these two peaks are relatively remote from civilization. Indeed, the summit view from Caliente Mountain evoked sensations akin to central Nevada.

I recommend using a bicycle since it makes for a more enjoyable experience on what would otherwise be a somewhat boring hike. How much the bike is used, including where to cache it prior to the final summit approach, depends on your bicyling expertise.

Statistics: 16 miles with 1,600 feet of elevation gain.