Ascent of Spectre Peak on 2011-12-14

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:John Ide
Jennifer Blackie
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Spectre Peak
    Elevation:4482 ft / 1366 m

Ascent Trip Report

What an amazing corner of Joshua Tree Nat'l Park! The hike up was great, the sun was rising and we were in and out of the shade. The temperatures were perfect, mid-50s to low 60s all day. We snagged Aqua BM on the way up Spectre. Distances and gain are deceiving out here. Spectre looks miles from Aqua with tons of gain, but it is ~350 ft of gain in under half a mile. There is certainly more to explore out here for future hikes - not too far from home either!

13.8 miles
Max speed 7.2 mph
Moving Avg 2.4 mph
Moving Time 5hrs 40 min
Lounged on top of Aqua for 30 min and on top of Spectre for just over an hour - blew the DPS hike time (11 hrs) out of the water....

Link to pics
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:348 ft / 106 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2782 ft / 847 m
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:348 ft / 106 m
    Route:DPS Route B
    Start Trailhead:4134 ft / 1260 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2782 ft / 847 m
    Route:DPS Route A
    End Trailhead:1700 ft / 518 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Coxcomb 12/11

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Aqua Benchmark2011-12-14 a2719 ft / 829 m
2Spectre Peak2011-12-14 b348 ft / 106 m
Total Trip Gain: 3067 ft / 935 m    Total Trip Loss: 5501 ft / 1677 m

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