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Ascent of Pinyon Peak on 2000-10-22

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Sunday, October 22, 2000
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pinyon Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:6805 ft / 2074 m

Ascent Trip Report

A good starting point for Pinyon Peak is 4.3 miles west of Walker Pass on highway 178. Park on the south side where the shoulder is wider where the map shows a BM at 4387 feet. This is also about 11.8 miles west from the junction of highway 178 with route 14. Start out southwest up the hill till you reach a crest and then turn west toward peak 5101 feet shown on the topo. Then head southwest toward peak 6050 feet and along the ridge to another peak at 6522 feet. Then there is a moderate descent of about 200 feet to a broad saddle in the forest where you should stay left to another ridge heading almost south to the summit. Don't go too far west in the saddle or you will end up in a drainage heading west and off route. The summit is a broad flat area with a cairn and benchmark although the map does not indicate one for this peak. The route is 4.5 miles round-trip with a gain of about 2600 feet. The ascent takes about 2 1/2 hours and allow about 2 hours to return. On the return, watch your descent route from point 6050 feet since if you don't turn north here there are large boulders and cliffs down the east and northeast side. 10/00 RLC
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