Reyes Peak

  • Reyes Peak
  • 2290 m
  • Primary factor 632 m
  • California, USA.
  • Location: North 35.44933, West 118.38850 (GPS on the summit.)
  • Difficulty: YDS class 1
  • Climbed September 19. 2018


How to get there:
Locate Hwy. 33 running north from Ventura (Ventura is a city on the coast served by Hwy. 101, going north from Los Angeles) The first road that forks east (right) from Hwy. 33 and provides a connection to I-5, is Lockwood Valley Road. Before Hwy. 33 descends to this road it crosses a ridge, the highest point along the road. The road to Reyes Peak trailhead forks right, just on top of this ridge, take this small, but paved road.
This narrow road serves a campground, then continues only a few hundred meter as a dirt road, to Reyes Peak Trailhead. This loction is N34.63498, W119.29289, elevation about 2125 meter.
Route description:
A nice trail leads directly from the trailhead to the summit. The summit consists of some larger rocks, the easiest final ascent is from the left side.
The main objectikve today was planned to be Hines Peak. I stopped at the ranger station in Ojai, spoke to a very helpful ranger, my permit for driving up the forest service road had been prepared already the day before. However, I had failed to study the map. Somehow, I had noticed a road connecting with the ridge road from Rose Valley Campground. I drove Hwy. 33 to Rose valley and then to the campground. There, a locked gate blocked the road as expected. The lock was a 4 digit combination lock just as described, but my code failed to open this lock. I then realized that I was at the wrong point of entry.
The ranger had convinced me that I had a pretty long schedule, even without Hines, thus I decided to leave Hines for later and proceed directly to visit Reyes Peak followed by Mount Pinos and Alamo Mountain. If time permitted, I would also try to visit Frazier Mountain.
Road work along Hwy. 33 caused some small delays, then I had no trouble locating the turn-off to Reyes Peak. I started my hike at 1030, arrived at the summit at 1055. A very scenic place. I rested 10 minutes taking some pics as well as just enjoying the nice place. Returning in 20 minutes, I now drove down to Lockwood Valley Road and took this road in order to visit Pinos Peak.