Ash’s intro to the San Mateo Wilderness

Peak Summited2021 Sitton Peak
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadBear Canyon
EncounteredWildflowers blooming
Hiking CompanionsHiked with a partner
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

Ash and I decided to hike Sitton Peak after I had gotten home from a Winter Steelhead Trip in Humboldt county. Starting at 1pm isnt my usual start time but with the sunlight hours getting longer and longer we decided to go for a late start. The hike after 4 corners was pretty much free of people as we had gotten that late start (maybe this is a new thing for me?). I've been to Sitton Peak countless times but this was Ash's first time. We got the peak to ourselves. Laughed about some silly stuff in our lives and shared some food. I pointed out the prominent land marks in the area, and gave a little naturalist talk about the area. I love the Santa Ana's and will probably find a way to have my ashes spread in that range when I kick the bucket. I live for the scrub oak, the coastal sage, and wild flowers that seemingly never die off even when the temps push into the 90s if not 100+ degrees. Seen San Mateo creek dry when entering the designation is a bit disappointing but fingers crossed for a miracle march as the hills could definitely use the water as evidence from the Holy and Wildomar Fire Burn Scars.

On the way back we found a jacket that was left behind by a hiker(if this is yours please contact me and i'll get it back to you!!), the jacket had a baked potato wrapped in a McDonalds wrapper in one of the pockets. Not going to lie, I am a little envious of their trail food game. As a thru hiker I thought I'd seen all the food hacks… This one takes the cake.

If you have not done the hike yet when you come to the bear canyon/ridge trail, take the ridge. It's a better view and a nicer trail even though its a little longer but you'll like the views better.


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