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Ascent of New York Mountains High Point on 2011-10-29

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, October 29, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:New York Mountains High Point
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:7533 ft / 2296 m

Ascent Trip Report

I approached New York Mtn from I-15 and the Nipton Road exit. Zero your odometer and go south 3.4 miles and turn right on the Ivanpah Road. At 6.5 miles stay straight, at 13.1 miles cross the railroad tracks, and at 15.6 miles the pavement ends. At 21.7 miles turn right on a lesser road and then take the left fork. The road is rocky and bumpy but 2WD is ok. At 23.1 miles the road ends where the road is washed out at elevation 5,200 ft. It looks like ATV's can go a little further, but I parked on the right where there are several camp sites.

In the morning I hiked into the canyon following the washed out road. In about .75 mile the road makes a sharp bend up to the left. This is the wrong direction. Stay in the bottom of the wash and continue west. In about 2 miles there is a washed out area where the old 4WD trailhead used to be. There are a few cairns in the area. Stay in the bottom of the wash and go to the right which is west. Stay in the bottom of the wash until you reach the old mine. The last part of the "road" up to the mine is just a boulder field. At the mine there is an old adit with some nasty looking water coming out of it. The easiest route is to continue up the stream bed above the adit. This is mostly a boulder field that climbs a couple hundred feet up to another adit. At this adit, continue up and find a climber's trail that climbs up a scree slope towards the ridge. Once at the ridge turn to the right and contour over to the bottom of Caruthers Canyon without losing elevation. I found several cairns along the way to help with the route finding. Once at the bottom of Caruthers Canyon, either climb directly up about 400 ft to the next ridge or follow the canyon up to the saddle on the north side of the peak. If you climb the slope directly, go to your right once you reach the ridge. The impressive rocky area to the left is not the summit.

Once at the saddle north of the summit, the real route finding begins. The rocky summit is composed of large granite boulders. You have to get over to the west side of the summit area in order to climb up. First, bushwhack up to where the brush meets the rocks coming down from the summit, then keep going south until you are west of the summit. There is a brush clogged gully that I climbed up a hundred feet or so and then traversed more to the south going through a skinny slot between 2 large boulders where I had to carry my pack over my head. I finally climbed another small gully up to a bowl where I could see the right leaning crack that leads to the summit. This right leaning crack is high Class 3, maybe low Class 5 that would be quite difficult if icy or wet. I managed to get up the crack and tag the summit. I also climbed over to the nearby rocky area that is about the same elevation. I went down about the same way I ascended and didn't need my rope for protection. At the north saddle, I met Kathy Wing as she was coming up to climb the summit. A happy meeting. She said she had her rock climbing shoes and a rope with her. Great views from the summit.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2190 ft / 668 m
    Distance:6.4 mi / 10.4 km
    Route:Keystone Canyon
    Trailhead:5343 ft / 1628 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb
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