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Ascent of Canyon Point on 1994-09-30

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Friday, September 30, 1994
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Canyon Point
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:5890 ft / 1795 m

Ascent Trip Report

Driving to the trailhead at the far end of Cottonwood canyon is the toughest part of the ascent of Canyon BM. At Stovepipe Wells on route 190 in Death Valley look for the campground just west of the store on the north side of the highway. The summit is visible from here and is the tan, flat-topped peak at a bearing of about 260 degrees. Drive in on the paved road to the campground and turn left onto a dirt road after 0.4 miles. Reset your odometer and then follow the good, but washboard road for 7.8 miles NW to a sign where the road drops into a large wash. Bear left in the wash and continue on the sandy track where 4WD may be needed. At 9.3 miles turn left at a junction and then stay left at another junction at 10.1 miles which is the intersection of Marble Canyon coming in on the right. Reset the odometer again and go another 8.3 miles to the end of the road at a turnaround with Cottonwood trees. Park here and start the hike by ascending a burro trail NE of the turnaround to a wash that heads west to WNW. The walking is easy and pleasant in the wash. After about a mile, head due west up a ridge which will reach a minor bump on the ridge extending south of the summit. Continue on the ridge line eventually heading due north to the top. For a fast descent go down the steep, sandy slope right from the summit. The elevation gain is about 3100 ft. and roundtrip distance is 5 miles. Allow 2 1/2 hours for the ascent and 1 1/2 hours to return. 9/94 RLC
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