Ascent of Stepladder Mountains on 2017-01-07

Climber: Mat Kelliher

Others in Party:Neal Robbins
Lisa Miyake
Sandy Lara -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Tracey Thomerson
LA Hiker -- Trip Report or GPS Track
James Morehouse -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, January 7, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Stepladder Mountains
    Elevation:2940 ft / 896 m

Ascent Trip Report

***Sierra Club Outing***
led by Mat Kelliher, Bill Simpson

Standard DPS Route. Patrick Bergeron's driving directions and driving track (posted on are spot on, thanks Patrick!! A stop sign marks the Pipeline Road at US 95; it's a little tough to see Pipeline road because it intercepts US 95 at a sharp angle, but it's there, and it's in excellent shape. It's a little tough to see the dirt NS254, but it's right at 9.3 miles (from US 95), and it's marked with one of those narrow, 3-4 foot high, brown off road signs with the label NS254. At its very start the road is vague and hard to see, particularly at night, look for tire tracks. You'll need to turn to the left (SE) for a few feet and then follow that with a sharp right turn (SW). These two preliminary turns occur within a pretty small area, maybe a couple of hundred square feet. Once you're on it, the road goes pretty much due SW to the wilderness boundary, but it's really rough and requires High Clearance, 4WD might not be needed, but it sure wouldn't hurt. The 5.3 miles along this road takes a bit more than 45 minutes to drive. We camped at the end of the road at the wilderness boundary sign. Nice flat spot to camp in and room for plenty of vehicles.

The hike in was pleasant and followed an easy to navigate route; first across the desert floor and then up an obvious drainage to northern portion of the range. The system of ledges took us a bit of work to find, but it would have been made easier if we had aimed for a large cleft near the northern portion of the mountain. The ledges are very well ducked, and are plenty wide for comfortable travel; the crux of the climb ascends a 10 - 12 foot section of class 2.99 rock that is firm and filled with great little cobbles and chicken heads to grab ahold of. Before we knew it we were on the summit and enjoying some world class views. We came out the same way we came in. Drizzle to light rain all day, real pleasant.

Our party included:
Bill Simpson
May Tang
Neal Robbins
Lisa Miyake
Dave Endres
Sandy Lara
Peter Lara
Peter Kudlinski
Tracey Thomerson
Jim Morehouse
Michelle Gomes
Jorge Estrada
Diana Estrada
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1013 ft / 308 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Trailhead:1927 ft / 587 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Mat Kelliher
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