Ascent of Mine Peak on 2016-09-24
|Others in Party:||Nichole|
|Date:||Saturday, September 24, 2016|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||1850 ft / 563 m|
Ascent Trip Report3 mile (total) out and back in 2 hours. Drove a passenger car out (mazda 3) and parked it at about the furthest point a passenger car could go. Not really a problem cause it's still pretty close.
Started at 4:40 PM on 9/25, and it was HOT. I'd guess lower 90s.
Hiked up the road until we got to the mine. Headed due right at the mine, where the road continued to switchback until it turned unto a foot path and dumped us above the mine. This is where the "trail" ends. From there, Nichole scrambled up to the next plateau, and I reluctantly followed despite my hesitancy due to the unstable rock quality. That was the last and only iffy part. from there it was pretty easy sailing to the peak. Up and down some small hills...up and down some small gullies. No real trail, but there were one or two scattered cairns that confirmed we weren't getting lost any time soon.
The peak is subtle, and somewhat hidden until you get pretty close. But with a GPS marking the peak, we were able to make it happen.
The view from the peak contains a nice reveal. As you top out, you see a full spread of the Carrizo Badlands, and it's breathtaking. We chilled for a bit at the peak, and scoped out Red Hill in the distance for our trek the next day.
On the way down, I avoided the rocks that made me nervous, and I descended through an equally scrambly, but more stable gully.
We dispersed camped at the base of the peak along the road. Saw the milky way, so that was a success as well.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||754 ft / 229 m|
| Trailhead:||1096 ft / 334 m|
| Grade/Class:||Class 2|
| Route Conditions:||Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble|
| Weather:||HOT AND CLEAR|
| Time:||51 Minutes|
| Time:||51 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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