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Ascent of Porter Peak on 2014-05-04

Climber: James Morehouse

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, May 4, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Porter Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:9101 ft / 2773 m

Ascent Trip Report

The road in from Ballarat is poor. There is a bypass for the worst of the "Pleasant" Canyon route. Just go straight and don't follow any forks from the road from Ballarat. The road is steep and loose, but will take you up a ridge on a very narrow track, then drop you down into Pleasant Canyon. You will still find ten foot high brush to give your vehicle new desert pin-stripes before you get to Clair Camp, where the road goes to hell. From there it is steep, loose, bouldery, and 4x4 is highly recommended. I finally gave up at about 5540', where I found a nice pull out to camp, preferring to hike the rest of the way to the "2WD" trail head. At the DVNP boundary there is a road heading up the mountain to the left. It leads to the Porter Mine. Don't go this way. I did, and ran into a locked gate at approximately 7500'. Not knowing what the situation was at the mine (where on the map I could see I could easily ascend to the 8000' saddle and head up the peak), I gained the ridge above and side hilled into hell for over a mile before gaining the same saddle. (Some have just jumped the gate and gone on from there: http://death-valley.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=21226&view=next&sid=8f04ab7b1b07d2ed74739dd330b1a96e) (and here's more info: http://wikimapia.org/1817152/Porter-Mine) From there, Porter Peak was fairly easy, about .9 miles up. It was already too late for me to consider traversing over to Sentinel, which was my plan, without coming home close to mid-night, and with work and no way to communicate my lateness, I gave it up and descended via the DPS D route down to Mormon Gulch Road, and headed back. All told the hike came in under 12 miles.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Windy, Clear
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by James Morehouse
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