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Ascent of Backus Peak on 2000-10-15

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Sunday, October 15, 2000
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Backus Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:6651 ft / 2027 m

Ascent Trip Report

A good starting point for Backus Peak is in Indian Wells Canyon on the northeast side. Take route 14 about 1.7 miles south of its junction with highway 395. Turn right (west) on dirt road SE152 which turns right after a cattle guard and then curves left over a hill and into the canyon. At about 1.0 miles cross the aqueduct and then you will reach Powers Well at about 2.7 miles. Turn off on the left side and park. The wilderness boundary is marked by stakes here. The summit is 1.8 miles straight-line from here on a bearing of 218 degrees. Hike southwest up a blocked off road past rock pinnacles to the road's end. Continue southwest and descend slightly into a wash. Go a short way up the wash then climb out and stay on the left flanks following remnents of a use trail. The trail will fade away on higher ground so continue across the sagebrush slopes staying to the right of large rock spires. Scramble up steeper slopes to the top. The register is in an ammo can next to the northernmost summit. This route is about 3.5 miles roundtrip with a gain of 3100 feet. Allow about 2 1/2 hours to reach the top and about 1 1/2 hours to return. 10/00 RLC
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