Ascent of Hunter Mountain on 1997-04-25
|Date:||Friday, April 25, 1997|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||7455 ft / 2272 m|
Ascent Trip ReportNamed for Zeb Hunter, who was an early settler and cattleman of the Owens Valley and Cerro Gordo areas. (Hanna, p. 144)
Hunter Mountain lies in the expanded portion of Death Valley National Park and the access road described below is open year round.
The highpoint of Hunter Mountain is an easy hike and is worthwhile for the views of Saline Valley and numerous other ranges in the western part of Death Valley National Park. From Olancha on route 395 take route 190 northeast for 14.6 miles to an intersection with highway 136 from Lone Pine. Turn right (east) on 190 and go 17.0 miles and then turn left onto Saline Valley Road which is clearly signed. From this junction follow the paved road through the Santa Rosa Hills and go right at a junction after 8.3 miles. The road is good graded dirt from here on. At 15.7 miles go right at a junction in a high saddle known as South Pass toward Hunter Mountain. The road climbs up into a pinyon forest in a series of curves and at 18.5 miles pull over and park on your left just past a sharp right turn. UTM here is: 453380E, 4044430N (NAD27). Hike WNW up a draw to the summit which is a pile of boulders with the benchmark on top. The hike is an easy 3/4 mile with a gain of about 330 ft. and takes about 1/2 hour. 4/97 RLC
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