Ascent of Whipple Mountains High Point on 2019-02-23

Climber: Marcus Lostracco

Others in Party:Whiley Hall
Date:Saturday, February 23, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Whipple Mountains High Point
    Elevation:4130 ft / 1258 m

Ascent Trip Report

Leaving from Signal Peak at 6am, we made the drive up to the Whipple Mountains Wilderness the morning of 2/23. We were approaching from the South, and it took about 1 hour to drive to Chambers Well Road, which is an unmaintained service road in the Mojave desert. I was fine with my Subaru Forester AWD on it, but I would not recommend taking this road - it was another 3 hours on this rough stretch to reach the start of the route for the Whipple Mountains HP. Althoug it was a fun and scenic drive, it is quite long and laborious. We spotted some wild burros around War Eagle No. 1 Mine. You are better off getting there from Havasu Lake Road, which is the way we exited. There are some cool old mining remains at this site.

The hike itself feels quite remote - following a wash which leads to a canyon which then leads to a use trail with the odd cairn. There was actually a small trickle of water flowing in the canyon at the time, which I suspect is quite rare. The toughest part of the hike is the last mile and a half or so due to the steep grades. You have to stick to the left of the large outcrop of rock and it's better to stay low - ended up having to descend a little bit to get the best path. We encountered some patches of snow in the shade! The slog up this chute is sort of loose and very steep and will kick your butt. It took us nearly just over 2 hours for the 4.75 mile climb to the top. The summit is somewhat anti-climactic, nothing too interesting about it actually. The descent is just as long and took about 2 hours for a roundtrip time of 4 hours and 20 minutes.

You gotta do these more mundane hikes in order to appreciate the best ones. Not that it was a bad hike - very enjoyable actually, but Signal Peak is a tough one to follow up!

We then set off for Chemehuevi Peak which was just across the way on the North side of Lake Havasu Road.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2614 ft / 796 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.5 mi / 15.3 km
    Trailhead:1516 ft / 462 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Marcus Lostracco
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