Monday, February 28, 2011

Cerro Romauldo Hike

On Saturday, I told you I'd provide some photos of the hike up Cerro Romauldo.  Our town is a few miles from the ocean, but there's a chain of volcanic hills between us and the beach.  We received permission from the California National Guard to hike on their property, since Cerro Romauldo is on a military base.

(Starting up the trail)

(View from part way up showing chain of hills to the ocean)

(Final ascent, looking towards our town, Cerro Romauldo on extreme left)

(Some of my scouts at the summit)

(My son Tim and me on the summit)

(View from the top looking northwest towards the Pacific)

(View from the top looking southeast towards San Luis Obispo)


22 comments:

carla said...

Absolutely gorgeous views! Thanks for sharing them.

Judi said...

How lucky those kids are to go outside & have an adventure, not quite knowing what's around the next bend. Most kids never get to go explore or hike these days. Looks like it was a great day.

al_luz812 said...

nate, why was the landscape barely have trees? was it cleared for animal grazing or agriculture? or its the natural feature of the land?

LindaBSend said...

Nice pictures! Thanks for sharing!

Nate Maas said...

al_luz812, the topography you see is pretty much natural. I live in a dry coastal climate with grassland and oak trees. This photo was taken from 1,300 feet, so the trees will appear tiny from up there, but they show up in darker green. The light green is the grass land of the Los Osos Valley.

Rob From Amersfoort said...

It's a beautiful set of volcanic hills. In Holland we call everything higher than 100 feet a mountain, because everything is flat, very flat around here. I also noticed the remarkable blue sky. And then there is the Pacific ocean. You sure picked a great spot to live!

Nate Maas said...

Thanks, Rob. I'm fond of our area. I didn't pick it though, my father teaches at the local university, so I grew up here, but I am grateful that he chose such a nice place to call home. So many clouds are a little unusual for us, so when we get them all the photographers race out to take photos. Also the green hills only last from about December through April then everything turns tan again.

recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

Yes great pictures Nate. I was going to comment on the vivid green. Been a long winter here in Ohio and definately looking forward to spring.

Rob From Amersfoort said...

so many clouds, haha.

Nate Maas said...

I know it seems funny, Rob. We live in Mediterranean climate zone. Which many people don't realize exists outside of the Mediterranean coasts (but it can be found on the west coasts between 30 and 40 degrees north and south latitudes in North America, South America, Africa, and Australia, as well as the coastal Mediterranean). Basically, we have clear skies with about 65 to 75 degree temperatures year round and a little rain in the winter. The best time to visit in my opinion is in the springtime when the wildflowers come out for a couple weeks and everything is green.

It's a tough life, I know.

Rob From Amersfoort said...

There is a map of the world on the wall in the room where I work. I see that you live at the same latitude as Northern Africa and Baghdad. I did not realize that. I live at the same latitude as Canada and Siberia, althought the nearby sea tends the climate to be a lot more temperate luckily.

Nate Maas said...

That's right Rob, we're closer in latitude and climate with Malta or Crete. If you search "Mediterranean Climate" on Wikipedia, you can see a map of all the same climate zones as where I live.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Beautiful hike..I also loved the green..as all I see is white. Your climate sounds wonderful:)

Erin said...

My friend and I are interested in climbing as many of the "9 sisters" as possible--altho hollister, chumash, and morro rock arent open to the public. My question is how did you guys get in contact with the national guard to get permission to climb romauldo?
Thanks!

Nate Maas said...

Erin, you are correct, Hollister is hard to get permission to climb and Morro is off limits, but if you e-mail me, I'll give you instructions on how to get up Chumash and Cerro Romauldo.

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Joe said...

Looks like an awesome hike! Can't wait to take it. How do you get to the trailhead?

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Sean said...

How can you get permission to hike Holister, Chumash and Romauldo?

Sean

Anonymous said...

Hi Nate,

I came across your blog while looking for info on hiking Cerro Romauldo. I would love to find out from you how to get permission to hike Cerro Romauldo and Chumash as well if possible. For some reason I cannot use the email link on your page. You can email me at calwinegirl at gmail. Thanks!

~Kellie

TausMax said...

Hi Nate, I would also like to know how to receive permission to hike cerro romauldo and/or Chumash peak, please email me at azak211@yahoo.com

hanapapa1186 said...

Me three. I climbed Morro Rock (on two sides) when I was a teenager in the 1960s. Have scaled Bishops, San Luis, Black Hill, Cerro Cabrillo (yesteray), and Hollister (several years ago). Guard at the gate today told me they don't give permission to climb Cerro Renauldo. Any ideas?
Phil hanapapa@sti.net