Ascent of Mine Peak on 2016-09-24

Climber: Ginger Partyka

Others in Party:Nichole
Date:Saturday, September 24, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mine Peak
    Elevation:1850 ft / 563 m

Ascent Trip Report

3 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
Ascent Statistics
    Time:51 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:51 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Ginger Partyka
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