San Mateo County High Point Trip Report
Date: June 3, 2000
In preparation for accessing this private highpoint, we contacted Loro Paterson who works as a ranger for
the regional open space preserve (contact at firstname.lastname@example.org). Loro made arrangements to visit
the highpoint on a Saturday when the owner would be present doing work on the property. Access
through arrangements with Loro is the only way to avoid the electric fence surrounding the property (to
keep out feral pigs) and will keep future highpointers on good terms with the landowner. Our original
plan for summit day was delayed by a day to accommodate the owner's schedule.
Access is through a locked gate off of Skyline Boulevard. Going north from the intersection of Big Basin
Way (Route 9) and Skyline Boulevard (Route 35), stop at the gate at the entrance to Portola Heights Road
at about 3.5 miles. A group of mailboxes is there and the address 22400 is used for several of them. Once
through the gate, drive along the main paved road, which becomes Long Ridge Road. Stop at the wooden
fence (over 8-feet high and impossible to scale) on the left adjacent to where the electric fence is
connected. Once through the gate in the wooden fence, park in the driveway.
Walk south then east around the knob on the left and ascend the knob from the east. The highpoint
includes a few mature trees and great views to the south and west. A view of the Santa Cruz highpoint is
visible to the south-southeast.
Author: Roy Wallen