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Ascent of Cargo Muchacho Mountains High Point on 2019-01-27

Climber: Richard Hensley

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, January 27, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Cargo Muchacho Mountains High Point
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:2217 ft / 675 m

Ascent Trip Report

Followed the Gerlach/Newman/Christensen track. Really nice route if you can stay on the miners' trails. Like them, I started up the first saddle in the gully. Very tedious. There's a nice trail going from higher up the mine road to that saddle. Getting over to the NW gully is much easier if you can keep the trail. It is often 40 or so feet up from the gully, and can be hard to spot if you lose it. I wasted a lot of time route-finding. Starting up the NW gully, I took the left fork, following their track. The right fork also looks just as well. Even the smaller gullies branching left, more directly toward the summit, looked okay. But they're a bit steeper, and I wasn't feeling adventurous. A few catclaw, but overall, this is the driest and most barren range I've found. Based on others' reports, and seeing the terrain, I think there are a bunch of decent routes to choose from.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2248 ft / 684 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2248 ft / 685 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.7 mi / 6 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:bkn ci; viz 100mi; breezy; pleasant
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1822 ft / 555 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1408 ft / 429 m; Extra: 414 ft / 126m
    Loss on way in:414 ft / 126 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    Route:miners' trails to NW gully; W rij
    Start Trailhead:32.88911,-114.81703  809 ft / 246 m
    Time:2 Hours 13 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1834 ft / 559 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1408 ft / 429 m; Extra: 426 ft / 129m
    Gain on way out:426 ft / 129 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    End Trailhead:32.88911,-114.81703  809 ft / 246 m
    Time:1 Hours 28 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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