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Ascent of Clipper Mountain on 2012-01-28

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Keith Christensen
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, January 28, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Clipper Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:4593 ft / 1399 m

Ascent Trip Report

We started our weekend by meeting in Victorville and consolidating to the van to head out past Barstow towards Clipper on the 40. For our weekend out in the desert, we set our sights on Clipper for Saturday and Old Dad for Sunday. Clipper is one of the P2k peaks that would make a fine DPS peak. We stopped about 30 minutes east of Barstow to camp for the night with the intention of getting an early start and driving the rest of the way to Clipper the following morning. We were up before first light and on our way east towards Essex Road. Finding the start point for Clipper is quite easy. Exit I-40 at Essex Rd (same exit as Edgar/Mitchell) and head south about half a mile. We actually parked along the side of Essex Rd, but there is a big dirt pull-out another ¼ mile past where we parked that would have been better. From Essex Rd, we cut across the open desert back west to the large canyon that heads into the heart of the Clipper Mountain Wilderness Area from the northeast. This canyon is followed along its most prominent path all the way to the very top which takes you to within a quarter mile of the summit. There are a few sections where due to the meandering wash, we exited to the left of the wash to save some distance. The summit has fine views like nearly every other peak we have ever done. Since this peak is not on the DPS list, it is less visited than most of our other peaks. We did see a lot of the usual suspects in the summit register as always. After lunch on top, we retraced our steps back to the van, right back down the main wash. From Essex Road, we headed back on to I-40 West to get off at the next exit, Kelbaker Road. From here, we followed the standard driving directions to Old Dad to make camp for the night. We found it ok in the dark, so the DPS directions are still good from our reading of them.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2553 ft / 778 m
    Route:NE Gully
    Trailhead:2040 ft / 621 m



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