Eagle Rest Pk 6005' w/ Antimony Peak & A Big, Bad-Ass, Butt-Kicking Hump along the way

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Eagle Rest Pk 6005' w/ Antimony Peak & A Big, Bad-Ass, Butt-Kicking Hump along the way

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May 12th, 2018, 11:27 pm #1

I hiked one of the toughest hikes in the Los Padres National Forest.  A year ago we hiked up to Antimony Pk and I remember discussions of one day hiking to Eagle Rest. Well last Sunday was the day.

We met at 7:30am and carpooled to the trailhead of Antimony Pk. We started the hike around 8:30am. The hike to Antimony Pk 6848' was steepish with a drop of 700 ft then another 900 ft gain.


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View from Antimony Pk.
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After summiting Antimony, we descended the trail then hiked through a beautiful flat area. We ascended again just before the ridge descends to a saddle, then over a bump at 6000 ft. with about 1000 ft. of gain, down to another saddle, then north up the ridge.

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A glimpse of Eagle Rest from the middle bump.

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The Big Ass bump we still had to climb over.

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Looking back at the ridge. There was still more climbing to do.

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More views from the trail.

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A closer view of Eagle Rest.

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Some rocks to climb on just below the summit.

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The route up to the peak is a little tricky with several ways to attempt climbing up to the summit. It is very easy to get off track and cliff out. There was a deer trail that led some of us up to the peak. The group was spread out so some members of our team struggled up the class 3 rocks on one side that seems very dangerous.

Stats: 5,300' total gain. 2400' on the way out & 2900' on the way back.

The toughest part was on the return. I was so exhausted, I ate lunch and didn't take a summit pose which was pretty much the same for the majority of the group. We were concerned about getting back to our cars before dark.

However, it was a great hike. There was some bushwacking but nothing major. It's a hike that I would recommend not doing alone. There were 3 of us who went ahead on the return and got off trail, but we found our way back on the main trail. I want to do Cobblestone next.


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Last edited by Girl Hiker on May 13th, 2018, 8:43 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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May 13th, 2018, 1:08 am #2

That looks cool. We need new names for peaks. When I looked up "Antimony peak", the first one I found was in the Tehachapis. It  had a peak called "Eagle's Nest" next to it, so I was pretty sure you just mistyped it. Nope. Southern California really does have at least two areas where "Antimony Peak" is next to "Eagle's [NR]est"!

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May 13th, 2018, 3:02 am #3

Dima, this is your kind of adventure but it was definitely tiresome.
Eagle Rest is on the Sierra Club Peak List. Here's some history...

Peak Name History [borrowed from the Sierra Club Hundred Peaks Website]:
 
According to long time area resident Ed Callaway, the peak name was borrowed from local usage dating back to the 1890's for eagles (both Golden and Bald) that were once more plentiful, but may still be found near this summit. He remarked that when hunters in the area were guided by local residents "they liked to know what this or that was known as, so a lot of names were just made up on the spot, and this one stuck".
Antimony Peak was named after an ore hoped by miners to be silver, but identified by W. P. Blake of the Pacific RR Survey (1854) as "sulphuret of antimony". He traced the vein from the canyon high up the side of the mountain and thereby named it.
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May 14th, 2018, 9:59 pm #4

Unless you really want to climb Antimony, i suggest hiking from Pine Mountain Club through the Wind Wolves Preserve. Much more traditional hike with some great route finding and less elevation gain. Route to the top is best straight up the middle, not on the ridge.
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May 16th, 2018, 1:04 pm #5

That's a neat-looking mountain with the different layers. Thanks for the write-up and pics.
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May 18th, 2018, 2:53 pm #6

Yes David, there are actually 3 approaches to Eagle Rest but we decided to take the strenuous route because we are CRAZY. We are planning on doing this again next year from the canyon below, which is a straight shot up to the summit.
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