|Heading down (west) on Pacheco Pass. That peak up ahead is Lover's Leap|
That craggy peak on Pacheco Pass (Highway 156) just past Bell Station is called Lover's Leap. I just learned that a few months ago. Here's what else I learned.
- It's 1,096 feet high.
- The land form used to be a volcano under a sea millions of years ago.
- The peak is also called Hollenbeck's Rock. The Mr. Hollenbeck for whom the mountain was named had owned Bell Station, which was called Hollenbeck Stage Station.
- An Indian princess climbed up to the peak and leapt to her death, hence the name Lover's Leap. One story goes that she was in love with a man from another tribe, which was a big no no. Romeo and Juliet all over again.
- Hiking up the mountain is possible.