Sitton Peak via Bear Canyon Trail

11 reviews #1 hike out of 10 in
9.5 mi
Distance
5 hrs 6 min
Time
terrain
1,272 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This is a difficult out and back trail to Sitton Peak in San Mateo Canyon Wilderness.

This trail goes by Upper San Juan Campground and Pigeon Spring.


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    2 months, 2 weeks ago
    Great trail and pretty! Last .9 was quite an incline to summit but I didn’t think it was too bad. Great views of the ocean and Catalina at the summit. People mentioned bugs. There were bugs but not bad. March 3,2020. The trailhead is across the street from parking. Same side as candy shop where you can also buy an adventure pass if you need one. As well as a sandwich when you come back down (Candy shop also makes sandwiches).
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    5 months ago
    Nice hike. Last mile tough up hill rutted our trailer. Great views. Would not do in summer.
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    5 months ago
    With some of the higher Santa Ana peaks closed due to the recent fires Sitton Peak is a decent alternative. I have hiked this trail in the hot and cooler months and I recommend doing this hike during the fall or winter months. Not only can it be hot but the bugs can be an annoyance during the warmer time of year. The hike is pretty covered until you get to 4 corners. From there the trail is more exposed for the remaining 2 miles to the peak. However, you will be gifted with some great views of the southern part of the Santa Ana mountain range as well as the San Gregorio mountain range which if snow peaked make the views even more memorable. The last quarter of a mile is a scramble but the final view at the peak is well worth it. A bit of back history, a helicopter crash landed on the face of Sitton Peak and if you look closely enough you will still find remnants of the helicopter. If you are in modest shape this hike will be challenging at points but definitely doable. However if you do it on a hot day the hike becomes much harder. All in all the hike is a nice day hike and if your goals are set to do peaks like Baldy or Whitney this hike can help you determine your current physical and mental stamina as it has decent mileage and elevation gain to help you attain your ultimate goal.
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    1 year ago
    Thick Santa Ana mountain vegeration. Last mile to the peak is quite steep. Recommend hiking poles.
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DJBoyle 5 months ago
Sitton Peak 1/5/20 6:38:50 AM
This hike was worth the 45 minute drive to get to the trail head. I wouldn't consider this a Difficult hike like the rating states. The only part you have to work is the last quarter mile to the peak. I also would Not recommend trekking poles for this hike and I usually use them and love them. you would only utilize them for a very short amount of time.
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ScorpioOnSUP 4 years, 5 months ago
Sitton Peak Trail Run via Bear Canyon Trail
https://adoseofthegreatoutdoors.wordpress.com/2016/01/03/sitton-peak-is-easy-fun-and-blissful/
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jishnumullick 1 year, 6 months ago
Sitton peak 12/8/18 7:05:52 AM
From and to bear canyon trail head
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