Ascent of Corkscrew Peak on 2020-03-11
|Others in Party:||Jalen Rubin|
|Date:||Wednesday, March 11, 2020|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||4x4 Vehicle|
| Elevation:||5804 ft / 1769 m|
Ascent Trip ReportSpent five days touristing around Death Valley NP with my nephew Jalen Rubin on his spring break from Loyola Marymount. On day four we hiked Corkscrew Peak, starting from the pullout by the "Pay Fee Ahead" sign and going up the "Ridge" route. As others have noted there are plenty of cairns to guide your way up the wash and once out of the wash the use trail is very well travelled, vey clear. We had a soft rain falling on us for the first hour of the hike and shortly thereafter, around 4500 feet, we entered into the clouds that had been generating the rain. Jalen noted that hiking in rain and fog probably isn't all that common in Death Valley and it certainly was a first for me. We got to the summit in good order but it was totally enveloped in the cloud, so there were no views on offer. Bummer. On our way down we stopped for the obligatory picture at the rock arch that's immediately adjacent to the trail a few hundred feet below the summit. As we continued to make our way down the trail the clouds started breaking up and by the time we got to the wash we were under blue skies. Excepting the lack of a view at the summit it was, all and all, a pleasant and rewarding hike.
Rain in Death Valley ??? Jalen Rubin on the Corkscrew Peak trail (2020-03-11). Photo by Ray Thompson.
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|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||3234 ft / 985 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||8.2 mi / 13.2 km|
| Route:||"Ridge Route" |
| Trailhead:||NPS "Pay Fee Ahead" sign 2570 ft / 783 m|
| Grade/Class:||Class 1, w/ short 2|
| Quality:||5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Unmaintained Trail, Open Country|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Raining, Pleasant, Calm, Low Clouds|
| Time:||2 Hours 30 Minutes|
| Time:||2 Hours |
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