Yuba County Highpoint Trip Report

Sugar Pine Mountain (4,825 ft)

Date: June 21, 2004
Author: Peter Maurer

Celebrating the summer solstice, my hiking partner and I skipped work for a day to claim this most obscure HP in California. Using Ken Jones' excellent directions, we found the highpoint with no mishaps, except when we were busy gabbing and missed the faint logging road that leads to the HP. Had to backtrack a quarter mile once we realized we had gone too far. There is a small cairn right where the road makes a fairly sharp turn to the right. We also parked on the main road, rather than drive the last 0.4 mile just to get a bit of exercise. It is a long drive for a short hike!

We found the pile of pine cones and the concrete block, but no register in either. For those hiking this in summer weather, a great reward after the long, dusty drive is a dip in Slate Creek, just upstream from the bridge crossing on the way in.