Ascent of Mount Stocker on 2018-12-02
|Others in Party:||Anji Cerney|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Sunday, December 2, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||3854 ft / 1174 m|
Ascent Trip ReportAnji and I set out from my home in Henderson, and made a short drive down US95 to the Nelson Road turnoff (SR 165). The road was paved, and we pulled off in a gravel turnout and began our hike. Anji had put together a track from her previous ascent of Eldorado Wilderness HP, which would add the whole ridge of Mount Stocker, then hit Eldorado. We tried this, found an awesome arch and took some photos, but the terrain was too rugged to try and climb up and over the subpeaks of the ridge and still hit Eldorado, even if we had brought climbing gear. So with considerable delay (worth it for the scrambling and the cool arch), we made our way up to Stocker.
The views were quite spectacular, as the whole area is scenic and the backdrop of Lake Mohave added an element of depth and blue. We bailed off the backside, eventually cutting back over, and made the complicated descent down some very loose Class 2 (think crumbly pebbles over bedrock), with every easy spot seemingly guarded by very "friendly" Catclaw Acacia. Persistent if nothing else, we slowly picked our way down, Anji fretting over the well-being of her new and expensive Merino Wool hiking shirt. We eventually dropped to the wash we came in on (in a different place), and began heading up to Eldorado Wilderness HP. Please see the trip report for that peak for the continuation of the hike.
Stats shown are car to low point with Eldorado, including our side trip to the photogenic arch. GPS track shown is for the whole outing.
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