Ascent of Outlaw Benchmark on 2012-12-30

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Aidan Barlow
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, December 30, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Outlaw Benchmark
    Elevation:3291 ft / 1003 m

Ascent Trip Report

Aidan and I headed east of town to snag this one from home as a dayhike. We were at the trailhead in under 30 minutes. We parked just off Hwy 62 at a large pullout where an old road used to go. This is just west of the very large wash that you hike to the peak in. We even saw footprints going all the way up the wash to where we turned up the mountain, likely Bob Burd's from Dec 12th. We headed up the large wash before cutting up a nice ridge towards the summit. It was the easiest way we could see looking at the map, and as we guessed, it was easy walking all the way up to the top. Aidan and I dutifully signed into the register, ate lunch, checked out the old wood and wire on the summit, and headed down. It was quite a chilly day. Overall, the hike was outstanding, owing to very little brush at all. When we returned to the car, there was a yellow paper on my radio antenna. It was a note from officer Simmons of the California Highway Patrol. Apparently, it is illegal to abandon your vehicle on a highway. That's all fine, but a hiker's currently registered/currently insured car parked along a road in a National Park for a few hours is not abandoned. Dumbass cop... This is not the first time I have come down from a peak in the desert to find a note from the CHP thinking that a car was abandoned. First time was on Clipper Mtn in Keith's van in January. At least CHP is on top of this litter problem.

8.77 mi
4 hrs moving time
54 min stopped
2.2 mph moving avg
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1411 ft / 430 m
    Route:Wash to North Wash
    Trailhead:1880 ft / 573 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by James Barlow
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