Hiking from Bottcher Gap to Pico Blanco

(Copyright © 2010 Piero Scaruffi)
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2010 pictures of Bottchers Gap to Launtz Ridge

If you get to this sign, you went too far

The place where i left the trail. (Note: the boundary of the national forest is somewhere between this place and Pico Blanco, and you are not supposed to do what is described below unless you have permission from the owners of Pico Blanco, Granite Rock)

The place where i left the trail

Trivia: The Native Americans who lived here considered Pico Blanco a sacred mountain. According to their creation legend, this hill was the only land that survived the great flood, and all living species originated here.

Scrambling towards Pico Blanck

Scrambling towards Pico Blanck

Scrambling towards Pico Blanck

Scrambling towards Pico Blanck


Scrambling towards Pico Blanck

Scrambling towards Pico Blanck

Scrambling towards Pico Blanco

Scrambling towards Pico Blanco


Scrambling towards Pico Blanco

Scrambling towards Pico Blanco

Scrambling towards Pico Blanco

Scrambling towards Pico Blanco


Scrambling towards Pico Blanco

Mountains to the southeast

Scrambling towards Pico Blanco


Scrambling towards Pico Blanco

Scrambling towards Pico Blanco

Scrambling towards Pico Blanco

Scrambling towards Pico Blanco


Scrambling towards Pico Blanco

Scrambling towards Pico Blanco

Scrambling towards Pico Blanco


Panoramic of the Double Cone to Mt Manuel to the ocean


Towards Pico Blanck

Double Cone

Towards Pico Blanck

First false summit


Ocean views

Ocean views

Second false summit

The ridge to the real summit


Towards the real summit

Towards the real summit

Towards the real summit

Towards the real summit


Pico Blanco summit

Pico Blanco summit

Pico Blanco summit

The road that comes up from Andrew Molera Park


Ocean views


Double Cone


Double Cone


Going down the southern side

Going down the southern side

Going down the southern side

Going down the southern side


Going down the southern side

Going down the southern side

Going down the southern side

The road to Andrew Molera


Going down the southern side

Going down the southern side

Going down the southern side

Going down the southern side


Pico Blanco Camp is beyond that open field

Down towards Pico Blanco Camp

Down towards Pico Blanco Camp

Down towards Pico Blanco Camp


Down towards Pico Blanco Camp

Down towards Pico Blanco Camp

Down towards Pico Blanco Camp

Down towards Pico Blanco Camp


Pico Blanco Camp

Pico Blanco Camp

Pico Blanco Camp

Pico Blanco Camp


Pico Blanco Camp

Pico Blanco Camp

Pico Blanco Camp


Pico Blanco Camp

Pico Blanco Camp is below that hill

Shoe at the end of the "hike"

Ideas for next time... the trail that goes up Pico Blanco from Andrew Molera...

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(Copyright © 2010 Piero Scaruffi)
If you would like the original, high-resolution pictures, contact me