5,862 ft / 1,787 m

#2,449 in California

#22,889 in United States


4,427 ft / 1,349 m

#13 in California

#131 in United States


11 summits

#400 in California

#1,781 in United States

Top climbing months

January   27%

March   18%

April   18%

Most climbed route

Santa Lucia Trail


  • Junipero Serra Peak (also known by its ancient Native American name Pimlokam) is the highest mountain in the Santa Lucia Mountains.
  • From its broad summit and fire tower partially destroyed in the 2008 fire, panoramic views of the surrounding Ventana Wilderness abound.
  • Cone Peak, the second highest mountain in the area at 5155 ft, lies across the valley to the west.
  • On a clear day the Pacific Ocean is visible beyond Cone Peak and its adjoining ridges.
  • The most popular route to the summit is the Santa Lucia trail, 6.2 miles one way with a 4,000 vertical foot gain. The trail climbs through meadows and switchbacks among chaparral brush before swinging to the east side of the high ridge leading to the peak. Here the vegetation completely changes to stands of tall California Sugar Pine with massive pine cones. The true summit of Pimkolam lies about 300 feet south of the dilapidated fire tower.