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Ascent of Peak 3640 on 2016-10-02

Climber: Ginger Partyka

Others in Party:Nichole
Date:Sunday, October 2, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Peak 3640
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:3640 ft / 1109 m

Ascent Trip Report

Nichole and I dispersed camp the night before near the entrance to Plum Canyon. We parked in an OK spot, but I'm limited by my passenger car, so we couldn't go too far back on the dirt road, even though this road was in pretty good shape. There are some beautiful camping spots further down in Plum Canyon if your car can make it.

Started 7AM for the hike up to Peak 3640. Decided to try our luck going up a drainage we saw on the topo. And, my god, was that a good gamble. The canyons were amazing, and the route up allowed us to avoid a dreaded cacti bushwhack. The travel was smooth and uneventful, but at one point, the canyon narrowed, and in order to avoid scrambling through a rockfall area, we left the drainage and instead ascended through a neighboring shallower gully before heading back to the drainage which again allowed for relatively easy and gradual progress to be made. The drainage then T'd and we took the left arm up through a final gully to the top. That final gully was steepish, but had plenty of solid rock for scrambling up. At no point was there worry of rockfall or exposure. Once out of the gully, peaking was easy.

We snapped a couple photos before heading down towards a different wash we could see on the east side of the mountain. According to our map, this should quickly connect to a jeep trail, and it did after a couple down-scrambles. The Chuckwalla "jeep trail" hasn't seen jeeps in years if ever on this portion of the mountain...Lots of boulders and shrubbery in the wash. We made good progress on the "jeep trail" and had plans to cross over to the East Lizard Canyon to get out. Though the Topo made this cross look easy, I personally found this portion to be the trickiest. There were many thin canyons chocked with Cacti. And the landscape had multiple hills and gullies, making forward progress slow considerably. At some point, we found the correct drainage that seemed to eventually lead to East Lizard. Right before we hit East Lizard, we had to scale down a 7-8 ft vertical drop to get from the drainage into East Lizard. There were good handholds, so we went for it and had no trouble. But you should be aware that this drop exists if you decide to follow my tracks... Once in East Lizard Canyon, a TRUE jeep trail (East Lizard Canyon Jeep Trail) led us straight out to the main road which we promptly took back to our car.

Coolest peak to date. Those canyons are incredible. Can't wait to do more in this area.

Started 6:50 AM
Ended 12:10 PM

10.6 Mile Loop

GPS Visualization HERE
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2077 ft / 633 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2077 ft / 633 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.5 mi / 17 km
    Grade/Class:1-3 with one Class 4
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2077 ft / 633 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.7 km
    Start Trailhead:1563 ft / 476 m
    Time:2 Hours 14 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2077 ft / 633 m
    Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    End Trailhead:1563 ft / 476 m
    Time:2 Hours 40 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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