5,862 ft / 1,787 m

#3,417 in California

#27,071 in United States


4,427 ft / 1,349 m

#12 in California

#151 in United States


15 summits

#448 in California

#2,240 in United States

Top climbing months

April   25%

October   18%

January   12%

Most climbed route

Santa Lucia Trail

12.8 mi • 3,893 ft gain


  • 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.
9 summits • 12.8 mi • 3,893 ft gain • 6 hr 18 min