Ascent of Waucoba Mountain on 1994-06-18

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Saturday, June 18, 1994
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Waucoba Mountain
    Elevation:11123 ft / 3390 m

Ascent Trip Report

Waucoba is a Paiute Indian name for the local bull pine. The Indians used the seeds for food. (Sowaal, p. 108)

In the Inyo Mountains Wilderness of the Inyo National Forest. No permit is needed for hiking or camping. The nearest Forest Service office is at: 873 N. Main St., Bishop, CA 93514 Tele: (619) 873-2400

Waucoba can be reached by driving east on highway 168 from the town of Big Pine in the Owens Valley. After 2.3 miles turn right on the paved Big Pine - Death Valley Road. Follow this road for 13.1 miles to a junction with the Saline Valley Road. Turn right on this very good graded dirt road, which will gradually descend to an abondoned mining area in Marble Canyon after about 6 miles. The road climbs out of the canyon and continues south on BLM land. At 12.1 miles from the paved road look for a poor dirt road on the right. 4WD is required on this rocky road which ends at the trailhead after 0.9 miles. There is room for several vehicles in the pine forest at the road's end. The climb of Waucoba starts from here and goes directly up the NE ridge to the broad, flat summit area. Waucoba has five brass benchmarks! The climb has an elevation gain of about 3800 ft. and takes 5 to 6 hrs. round trip. Watch your route when coming off the summit as it is easy to stray off the ridge into brushy areas. The peak is sometimes climbed from the west side from Squaw Flats where the route is a little shorter with less elevation gain. The Inyo National Forest map is helpful in finding the route to Squaw Flat. For further information see the "Road and Peak Guide" of the Desert Peaks Section. In "Adventuring in the California Desert" by Lynne Foster an east side approach from Mazourka Canyon is described on p. 133-135. Some of these 4WD roads may now be blocked. 6/94 RLC
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