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Ascent of Stepladder Mountains on 2013-12-05

Climber: Kathy Wing

Date:Thursday, December 5, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Stepladder Mountains
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:2940 ft / 896 m

Ascent Trip Report

From the wilderness boundary. An easy hike - 9.5 miles/1,000' elevation gain. Map showing driving and hiking route:

http://kathywing.smugmug.com/CaliforniaHikesandScrambles/California-Desert-Hikes-and/Stepladder-Mountain-Mojave/i-CZwT23V/O/

I was driving a 4WD Toyota Tacoma (stock). I have read of so many different ways to get to the start of this hike, but this is the way I went:

I drove up from Vidal Junction on Highway 95 and turned onto the Powerline Road. The Powerline Road was about 2 miles north of the Intersection of 95 & Turtle Mountain Road, and is really close to the Intersection of 95 & Havasu Lake Road.

So, I took the Powerline Road northwest 11.1 miles to the intersection of the Powerline Road with the Pipeline Road. I turned west onto the Pipeline Road and drove 0.5 miles to a faint dirt road and turned south on the faint dirt road. I drove south 5.4 miles on the faint dirt road to the wilderness boundary and parked.

Road Conditions:

Powerline Road: A little sandy, but great condition. (30 to 40 mph in my truck).

Pipeline Road: Sandy and not as good as Powerline Road - an easy washed out area to cross.

Faint Dirt road that goes from Pipeline Road to the Wilderness Boundary: The beginning of this road is the faintest part; so it's easy to miss. There are tons of mini washouts on this road that act like inverted speed bumps; so it is really slow going. My top speed was 10 mph, but I rarely reached that speed. Depending on what you are driving, it might take 45 minutes to get down those 5.4 miles. The first 2 miles are the worst and it gets better after that. There's lots of vegetation growing between the tracks including a beavertail cactus in one place. There is also vegetation encroaching on the road, but it wasn't think enough to create any problems. Anyway, I put my truck into 4WD high but high clearance 2WD would probably work.
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