San Mateo County Highpoint Trip Report
Date: December 18, 2005
Ranger Loro Patterson arranged a visit to the private property on San Mateo
county’s highpoint. Of course, one can't arrange the weather. As the wind and
rain lashed the window over my bed, the alarm went off at 6 am. I thought this
would make a GREAT Sunday to sleep in but, no, these opportunities are few and I
must go. My girlfriend registered her opinion of my idiocy at this point.
I picked up my hiking partner for the day and we made our way south on Skyline
to Portola Heights Road. As we drove, anywhere we became exposed to the west
the rain sheeted over us and streamed off to the east. We arrived at the
meeting place, some bedecked in full rain-suits, some trying to make do with an umbrella.
We assembled somewhere around 12 people in total and drove up to the
landowner's house. One stuck-in-the-mud car later, our group arrived. We waved
to the landowner and thanked him for the opportunity but the weather didn't
allow for much standing around. We snapped a few pictures and then got out of there.
It was the worst summit conditions I've ever been in (excepting my near
lightning strike in the Sierra) but the new rain gear worked well.
We later found out that our highpoint received nearly 4 inches of rain in 24 hours,
including the time we were there. We passed accident after accident on the
highway but we came through just fine.
For future highpointers, please respect the landowner's property. The highpoint
is within 100 feet of his house and there is an established way of accessing it
with permission. You couldn't ask for anything more when dealing with private
property access. Many thanks to Loro Patterson for continuing this access
(her E-mail address is available on the cohp webpage).
Author: Matt Worster