Ascent of Bighorn Mountain on 1993-11-20

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Saturday, November 20, 1993
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bighorn Mountain
    Elevation:5894 ft / 1796 m

Ascent Trip Report

Bighorn Mountain is a small mountain among the foothills of the eastern side of the San Bernardino Mountains. The top has plateau with a road along it that ends at an overlook at the north end. The register is on a rock pile in the NW corner of the plateau. There are other rock piles to the south that may be higher. There are no benchmarks on the mountain although some typical old wood survey materials and bailing wire are at the rock pile were the register is. To reach the road to the summit, take highway 247 north from Yucca Valley for 11.3 miles and turn left on the New Dixie Mine road. Follow this for 9.0 miles, staying on the main road which generally heads west. Note that this road is sandy and 4WD is recommended. There are numerous branches right and left. At the 9.0 mile point turn right and proceed along the bank of a wash then through the wash and out, climbing towards the NW. After about 2 miles the road has some rough, rocky sections and it is about as fast to walk to the summit which is about 2 1/2 to 3 miles with 700 ft. elevation gain. An alternate route approaching the mountain from the NE, which has a lot less dirt road driving, is described in the Hundred Peaks Section peak guide.
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