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Ascent of Palen Mountains High Point on 2021-02-20

Climber: Neal Robbins

Date:Saturday, February 20, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Palen Mountains High Point
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:3848 ft / 1172 m

Ascent Trip Report

We ascended DPS route B and descended route C. Having done it as a loop in that order I would recommend reversing the order; route C up the canyon and the descend route B down and around the backside if I were to do it again. Route C has some fun waterfalls and pour-offs that would have been a lot more fun going up than down. It's also typical DPS loose in the upper canyon, so easier facing in going up than facing out going down. Ascending route B it was easy to stay on solid rock so I think that would be a decent descent route also.
A few other notes of interest:
- People go at the bottom 600' of route C two different ways; one way goes right up the canyon, the other goes above the canyon and then merges. Going above the canyon and merging is easier (cl 1)
- Route B has no cats claw or any other prickly plants. Route C has cats claw through the middle-upper canyon that can often be avoided but not entirely
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