Mount Umunhum is the fourth-highest peak in California's Santa Cruz Mountains, and actually has quite an interesting and varied history, from Native Americans to the nearby quicksilver mines during the Gold Rush. During the Cold War the US Government procured it to build the Almaden Air Force Station, an early warning radar station that functioned from 1957 to 1980. Since it was closed to the public much has changed in the local area, not the least the “creation” of nearby Silicon Valley.
Whilst its history means Mount Um is far from what you might describe as wilderness, it is an interesting story nevertheless.
10 Mountains you will never climb
Access remains, of course, a hot topic in the world of outdoor enthusiasts all over the world, from the hills the UK to the Sacred Kingdom of Bhutan. Some of it is environmental, such as nesting birds, and some of it is down to landowners asserting their rights. Rights that you would imagine can be fought for… but there are some mountains that you will never climb. So this week we published a list of the 10 Mountains You Will Need Climb (Probably). Enjoy!