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Ascent of Meeks Mountain on 2015-05-16

Climber: Pat Wells

Others in Party:Clark Foster
Marc Shay
Chad
Date:Saturday, May 16, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Meeks Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:6277 ft / 1913 m

Ascent Trip Report

The SC's directions are a little difficult to follow. It would be easier to find the trail head if the dirt roads were listed by number. The main road is 2330/Old Dixie Mine Road; we drove in on that road and eventually (mostly through some trial and error) found the base of the mountain. We ran into a problem after the hike--we couldn't locate the car, despite having searched for several hours. I did not have my GPS with me. After a couple hours of searching, I activated my ResQLink Personal Locator Beacon. In about 1.5 hours, the sheriff's helicopter arrived, plucked us off the desert floor, and delivered us to our car. The roads were more confusing in the dark--don't take 2440, as it dead ends in precarious situations on both ends. We eventually found 2330 and drove out. A nightmare of a day, but am very grateful that I had my ResQLink with me and it worked! Highly recommended for every hiker; I've done over 1500 hikes without any significant issues, but it took just one to reinforce how vital having that ResQLink (about $250 on Amazon)is. I'm going to buy a back-up device, so I'll have two. After scrambling up the wash, we found a much more gradual trail to the left of the smaller peak that is to the left of Meeks. The roads are rough--Jeep recommended. My 4WD Avalanche took a beating. I wasn't able to locate a map of the area and tried to follow the SC's directions; the next time I'm in that area, I will write down the numbers of all roads in succession. Lesson learned on this one. There are cattle, including one BIG Long-horned Steer, that roam the hills in that area. I was concerned when I saw the steer about 8 miles in, so I called around and found the owner who said his cows graze there in the spring-fall, then return to the ranch to graze at lower elevations during the winter months. There are three natural springs in those hills; if you need water, follow the cow hoof prints!
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    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear



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