Ascent of Mohawk Peak on 1995-11-23

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Thursday, November 23, 1995
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mohawk Peak
    Elevation:2775 ft / 845 m

Ascent Trip Report

The mountain and the range get their name from the railroad station and earlier stage station established at the north end of the range.The Southern Pacific Railroad station Mohawk near present day exit 54 on Interstate 8 was established in early 1900. When Charles D. Poston came by the Mohawk stage station in 1864, he wrote: "Mohawk station with its misplaced name." He evidently felt the name did not belong here. (Barnes, p. 283) The elevation is shown as 2775 ft. on the topo, but the corrected elevation of 2765 ft. listed in the CDROM is used here.

The Mohawk Mountains are in the Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range and a permit is required for entry. A permit can be obtained at the Marine Corps office in Yuma after signing a release form and giving details about your group. The office can be reached at (602) 341-3402. More information about permits are at this site:

The Mohawk Range can be reached by driving Interstate 8 east of Yuma to exit 42 in Tacna. This is Ave. 40E which runs north and south. On the south side of the Interstate take the unmarked dirt frontage road that goes along the fence and then heads east. Take this wide, graded dirt road east for 6.0 miles and then turn right. There is a sign here indicating the start of the Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range. Reset your odometer at the turn and head south on this road across the broad Mohawk Valley. The long Mohawk Range is on your left across low sand dunes. Note the benchmarks often marked by poles along the road. Slow up at about 13.6 miles and look for a place to pull off the road before you reach the benchmark at 14.2 miles (BM 553 on the map). UTM at the benchmark pole is 246420E, 3603150N (NAD27). We found a place to pull off about 0.3 miles north of the benchmark on the east side by some missile fragments. From this area the peak is 4.74 miles on a bearing of 45 degrees. Hike across the dunes toward the canyon on the south side of the mountain. Proceed up into the canyon about 0.2 miles past the south ridge and then turn left up the steep, loose slopes and climb until you reach the ridge higher up past some large rocks on the ridge top on your left. Follow the ridge north up to the summit where the travel is easier and not so loose. This route is about 10.3 miles round-trip and requires about 3 1/2 to 4 hours for the ascent and about 3 1/2 hours to return with an elevation gain of 2200 ft. 11/95 RLC
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