Ascent of Mohawk Peak on 2011-02-18

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Date:Friday, February 18, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mohawk Peak
    Elevation:2775 ft / 845 m

Ascent Trip Report

I hiked Mohawk Peak with Ken Russell and Ken Jones. A free pass is required to enter the area from the Marine Corps. We approached Mohawk Peak from I-8 and a dirt road that intersects I-8 just east of mile post 48 from the east bound lanes. If you are coming from the east, you probably have to go west to exit 42, turn around and come back east to mile post 48. After the hike if you are heading west, you will have to go east to exit 54, turn around and then head west. At the mile post 48 turn-off, there is a gate through the barb wire fence. This may or may not be open, but it is never locked. Zero your odometer and sit back for a long drive to the trailhead. 4WD and high clearance may be required. Go directly south away from I-8, at 1.0 mile turn left at a 4 way intersection, say hello to the border patrol, and then at mile 3.8 from I-8 take the right fork, mile 5.3 right turn, mile 5.7 right turn, mile 6.2 right turn on a lesser road and see the sign concerning live ordnance. At mile 14.3 take a right turn at a 4x4 post marked H1. At 14.8 turn left towards the mountain on a very faint road and follow the faint tire tracks another 1.2 mile where we gave up on the road and parked. This last part is not really a road, but just driving across the desert.

From our parking spot we had conflicting trip reports and chose the wrong one to start. We hiked around the end of a ridge and entered the northern wash and climbed that one up to a saddle on the ridge at the head of the wash. That’s when we knew we should have hiked up the southern wash. From the high saddle we had to traverse around and down into the main southern wash and then hike up the wash to a higher saddle that is northwest of the summit. From this high saddle we traversed around another small bowl and then climbed up to the summit ridge. We followed the ridge to the summit. Great views from the summit.

This was a long hike in tedious terrain. It took us about 8 hours and we hiked the last part in the dark. Finding our way out on the road network was not easy either.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2369 ft / 722 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:West Side Wash
    Trailhead:406 ft / 123 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble
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