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Ascent of Dellamont on 2014-02-02

Climber: Mark McCormick

Date:Sunday, February 2, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Dellamont
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:4040 ft / 1231 m

Ascent Trip Report

This peak has been on my radar for several years and I finally got around to giving it a try. The surrounding area is a checkerboard of open space owned/ managed by Soboba, Morongo, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Bureau of Land Managment (BLM), North Mountain Experimental Area, (NMEA), Department of Fish and Game (DFG), San Jacinto Wildlife Area, (Potrero Unit ACEC), Riverside County Habitat Conservation Agency (RCHCA), Metropolitan Water District (MWD), and Lockheed Martin. The brush is in various stages of regrowth after several fires. The worst of it is head high and requires some "swimming" to get through. I found the MWD BM and remnants of their survey work. I hiked up to Claremont on a dirt bike track from the road. I drove out the north side via Wolfskill Truck Trial and a maze of roads and eventually ended up on Highland Springs Avenue in Beaumont. On the drive out I found the remnants of the Portero Shaft, which was used in construction of the MWD tunnel under the San Jacinto Mountains and also drove through an area plastered with signs warning of residual Munitions of Explosive Concern (MEC) The area was owned by Lockheed Martin and used for weapons testing. The majority of the Lockheed Property was purchased by the State of California in 2003 and is now part of the San Jacinto Wildlife Area Portero Unit, managed by DFG. There must be several large office buildings somewhere full of government workers that manage all this land and come up with all the acronyms.
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