Ascent of Palen Mountains High Point on 2014-03-02

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Kay Komuro -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Kyle Wilson
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, March 2, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Palen Mountains High Point
    Elevation:3848 ft / 1172 m

Ascent Trip Report

The road approaching this trailhead is a tough one- I'd recommend 4WD for both rocks and sand. While 17.7 miles from pavement, the last 5 are quite a bit worse. Once at the "trailhead", a different road picks up and continues about another half mile with no signs indicating driving it is prohibited (we didn't see it until we were already hiking).

The terrain on this hike is often quite poor, but you can avoid the worst of the wash by staying above it on either side (there were often cairns on one or sometimes both sides). When you finally reach the ridgeline south of the summit, you will likely go over 3 false summits, but none of them are that bad. They do involve some simple class 3 climbing.

While I've definitely seen worse desert vegetation, one does need to constantly be on the lookout for cactus and other sharp plants.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2619 ft / 798 m
    Extra Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Route:SW gully to South ridge
    Trailhead:Near the bend at the top of the road  1329 ft / 405 m
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 45 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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