Ascent of Desert Creek Peak on 1989-06-11

Climber: John E Sarna

Others in Party:9 others on this Sierra Club Outing I led
Date:Sunday, June 11, 1989
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Desert Creek Peak
    Elevation:8958 ft / 2730 m

Ascent Trip Report

Continuing from Black Mtn on this Sierra Club Outing, the rest of us found lots of rock, but little brush on the way to a small bare saddle about a mile before (and 1000' below) Desert Creek Peak. At that point, we were treated to a sight of some thunderheads gathering about Middle Sister, where we had just been the day before. That saddle was an excellent spot to survey a route through patches of sage-covered ground so as to avoid tree and brush filled thickets along the way. A scant hour later we found the top sporting a small microwave relay station, a large rock cairn, and a register dating back to 1981. Without haste, we effectively doubled the number of entries. While Pete and Jim went down the west side, trying what looked to be a good long scree-run, the rest of us wound back to the bare saddle with John W. in the lead. From there, we dropped down by navigating straight toward Black Mountain for 1/4 mile, and following a drainage to the right (South). Our decent uncovered the best route up Desert Creek Peak. It was easy to follow the dry creek bed, which eventually became a 4x4 road, all under a canopy of conifers. We exited on Risue Canyon Road only 200 yards west of our camp where we had conveniently left two cars, saving the drivers a two mile walk. Somewhat later, Pete and Jim joined us, having found the scree-run a little too rocky and the 4 mile trek back to camp a little long.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1397 ft / 424 m
    Elevation Loss:2577 ft / 784 m
    Distance:4.6 mi / 7.4 km
    Grade/Class:Cl 2
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1197 ft / 364 m
    Extra Loss:400 ft / 121 m
    Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Route:from the south
    Trailhead:Black Mtn  8161 ft / 2487 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2177 ft / 663 m
    Extra Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Route:see trip report
    Trailhead:probably 38,35.165, -119,18.728  6981 ft / 2127 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Black & Desert Creek Peak (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Black Mountain1989-06-11
2Desert Creek Peak1989-06-11

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