Ascent of Sierra las Animas High Point on 1996-11-30
|Date:||Saturday, November 30, 1996|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||Sierra las Animas High Point|
| Elevation:||1179 m / 3871 ft|
Ascent Trip ReportFrom the center of the town of Bahia de los Angeles at the end of the paved road, go south on a graded dirt road that heads toward the south end of the bay. At close to 5 miles pass a small ranch on your left called El Porvenir and continue straight ahead. At 9.9 miles pass the diggings at Las Flores. Continue south through the broad Valle las Flores and through a low pass after which the road curves east around the south end of the Sierra las Animas. After 26.7 miles turn left at a junction with a sign on the main road indicating San Franciscito is another 65 km. UTM at this junction is: 269160E, 3174110N (NAD27). Reset your odometer and head north toward Las Animas camp on a sandy road which may require 4WD in some spots. At 6.9 miles go left at a fork and then at 8.8 miles look for a faint track on your left. UTM where this starts is: 279750E, 3185740N. Turn left and follow this little-used track to its end in 0.9 miles. There is limited parking here for three vehicles. The highpoint is visible 3.0 miles (4.8 km) west on a bearing of 271 degrees. Hike west for about 400 meters and then go NW up a canyon and then over a ridge into a large wash that goes west. Follow this wash for about 2 km to a point at about UTM 266700E, 3186120N, where you want to ascend a steep slope to the west between two canyons. This slope is somewhat less rocky and offers a route to a higher ridge that leads generally west to the north side of the summit. The hike to the top is fairly strenuous and requires about 5 hours with an elevation gain of 3700 ft. Allow about 4 hours for the return hike. In the winter months allow enough time for the hike since navigation at night is difficult in this terrain. 11/96 RLC A map is shown on my website: http://www.peakbagging.com/BajaPhotos/Sierra%20las%20Animas.pdf
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