Ascent of Sentenac Mountain on 1996-03-01
|Date:||Friday, March 1, 1996|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||3068 ft / 935 m|
Ascent Trip ReportNamed for brothers Pete and Paul Sentenac who homesteaded here in the 1880's. Paul Sentenac raised sheep and goats here for several years. (Stein, p. 125)
The mountain is located in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. For this lower peak hiking is best in the winter months. Park headquarters is in Borrego Springs at: P.O. Box 299 , Borrego Springs, CA 92004. Tele: (619) 767-4684
Sentenac Mountain can be reached by taking highway 78 east from Scissors Crossing through Sentenac Canyon. At 4.1 miles turn right (south) onto a good dirt road that goes into Plum Canyon. On this road, which is suitable for most cars, stay to the right at a junction at 1.3 miles. Park at the end of the road in the canyon after 1.6 miles. The UTM here is: 553140E, 3663420N (NAD27). The summit to the west is not visible from here. It is about 0.7 miles away on a bearing of 247 degrees. Start the hike by going south in the canyon for about 0.25 miles and then turn right into a wash heading generally west. As the canyon fades into the slopes of the mountain continue slightly northwest on up to the summit. The hike to the top takes about 45 minutes and has an elevation gain of 870 ft. Round-trip distance is 1.5 miles. 2/96 RLC
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