Ascent of Orocopia Mountains High Point on 2014-02-16

Climber: BMS 914

Others in Party:Eric Kassan -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, February 16, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Orocopia Mountains High Point
    Elevation:3815 ft / 1162 m

Ascent Trip Report

Eric and I met in Henderson, NV that morning and drove to the Orocopia trailhead. We were planning on meeting some fellow LVMC members the next day for Black Butte and maybe Chuckwalla Mountains HP, so we didn't want to have to sit around all day after finishing what figured to be a short outing on Orocopia following an early start. So we drove down and started our hike around 1:20PM. The dirt road in wasn't bad, but had one tough spot about half a mile from the trailhead which could easily be hiked to as it saves very little gain and is on a road. Eric's Xterra made easy work of it however.

The day before had been quite sunny and warm (90° F according to our friend Collin, who lead a splinter group there). But we lucked out with pleasant temps and overcast skies. Rather than hike in the wash, Eric and I followed an old closed road, then skirted the wash by following a series of ridges running left (East) of it. We made short work of it. Eric has been working a lot, so took it a little slower, and I waited for him a couple of times before heading to the summit. I also went to a sub-summit east of the true summit enroute, due partly to believing my topo map showing it as the true summit, then just to see why someone had built a large cairn up there. The summit register featured only a few dozen entries since it was placed in 2000. However, our club had two seperate parties ascend the prior two days in a row, so for the third day in a row our club was on the summit of this seldom-visited desert peak. And our friend and fellow club member Harlan S was planning an ascent for two days after we were here (four parties in five days - has to be some sort of odd record). This was all due to the way different people were electing to participate in the trip.

Eric and I ate snacks, shot some photos, enjoyed the great views especially of the Salton Sea, thanked Heaven we weren't on Rabbit Peak (visible in the distance), then cruised down quickly together.

One odd thing on this peak: I found the usual USGS summit and reference (arrow) benchmarks near the top, but found a second reference mark on an outcrop, 0.3 air miles from the actual summit. I have never seen one placed more than a few dozen yards away from the summit before. Odd.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1882 ft / 572 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1882 ft / 573 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.7 mi / 9.2 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1669 ft / 508 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1294 ft / 394 m; Extra: 375 ft / 114m
    Loss on way in:375 ft / 114 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:North Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Wilderness Boundary/end of dirt road  2521 ft / 768 m
    Time:1 Hours 47 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1507 ft / 459 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1294 ft / 394 m; Extra: 213 ft / 64m
    Gain on way out:213 ft / 64 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Route:North Ridge
    End Trailhead:Wilderness Boundary/end of dirt road  2521 ft / 768 m
    Time:1 Hours 20 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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