5,862 ft / 1,787 m


4,427 ft / 1,349 m


10 summits

Top climbing months

January   30%

March   20%

May   20%

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.
"Late afternoon Start but it went well on a good traveld Pad, almost no Brush to deal with. Great Hike with amazing views from the Top. It is also the Monterey County High Point." - Nuernberger, May 22, 2015
"Great weather for a Halloween hike. Left SF at 6am, at the trailhead at 9:30. Cloudless day with a cool breeze up higher. Clear views of the ocean. Went in shorts on way up and got a bunch of cuts (hopefully no poison oak, will find out soon). Advise hiking in pants, every piece of brush feels sharp here. Only saw 1 other group of 2 guys and only about 30 people had signed the summit register since Nov 2009. The 2008 fire probably made this hike better by clearing out a lot of encroaching brush. Including 45 min for lunch at top, round trip in 5 hours 50 min." - scott, Oct 31, 2010



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