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Ascent of Mount Manchester on 2015-02-14

Climber: Daryn Dodge

Others in Party:Kathy Rich
Keith Christensen
Ron Bartell
Christine Mitchell
Date:Saturday, February 14, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Manchester
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:3600 ft / 1097 m

Ascent Trip Report

A combined DPS/CMC-led hike to the highpoint of the Dead Mtns Wilderness. Drove 6.5 miles north on Hwy 95 from Arrowhead Junction and parked just off the road where the Hwy crosses a wash. A large sign welcoming you the Dead Mtn Wilderness lies across the wash in the direction of the Mt. Manchester. Having located an old dirt road that runs ENE into the Dead Mtns Wilderness and now closed to vehicle traffic, we followed it east for about 1.5 miles. We then split off heading directly towards the peak, and then up the NW ridge to the summit. A nice view of the Colorado River from the summit to the east, and a nice view of Spirit Mtn to the north. A longish trudge through the desert just to get to the base of the peak, but was pretty easy desert travel overall.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1896 ft / 578 m
    Extra Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Route:NW ridge
    Trailhead:Hwy 95  1804 ft / 549 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:3 Hours 30 Minutes



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