Ascent of Bristol Mountains High Point on 1996-10-12

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Saturday, October 12, 1996
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bristol Mountains High Point
    Elevation:3871 ft / 1179 m

Ascent Trip Report

Benchmarks are often named for nearby features such as hills, streams, or railroad depots; but it is not apparent what this one is named for. The origin of the name Bristol is unknown too according to Phil Townsend Hanna in his book "The Dictionary of California Land Names". See page 41.

Last Benchmark is in the northwestern part of the Bristol Mountains and the Kelso Dunes Wilderness. The area is open to non-motorized travel. For further information contact the BLM office at: 101 W. Spikes Road, Needles, CA 92363. Tele: (619) 326-3896

To reach the Bristol Mountains highpoint from the south take Interstate 40 east from Barstow about 52 miles to the Ludlow exit. Exit here and go north on Crucero Road which soon turns into a good, but rippley dirt road. Continue straight at all junctions and cross Broadwell Dry Lake if it is firm and dry, if not take a road that goes around the left (west) side of the lake which will join the main road across the lake at the northern end. After 12.4 miles from I-40 turn right on a road at a power line and then go right again in another 0.3 miles. Reset your odometer here and go 4.0 miles NE along the power lines and park by a steel tower. The summit is 3.5 miles from here on a bearing of 126 degrees. Start the hike heading SE up a broad drainage toward a gap in the hills. Turn right into the second major canyon and head generally SW then leave the canyon bottom and go south up a ridge that leads to the summit. The hike is about 4.5 miles one-way with a gain of about 2400 ft. and takes about 3 hours to the top. Allow about 2 1/2 hours for the return hike. 10/96 RLC
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