Ascent of Palen Mountains High Point on 2017-02-05

Climber: Mat Kelliher

Others in Party:Jeremy Netka
Shurovi Masud
Dan Graef
Phil Virden
LA Hiker -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Miriam Khamis
James Morehouse -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Josef Nuernberger -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, February 5, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Palen Mountains High Point
    Elevation:3848 ft / 1172 m

Ascent Trip Report

***Sierra Club Outing***
led by Mat Kelliher, Jeremy Netka

Drove in on Friday and camped out at the signed intersection of the Palen Pass Road and the road to Palen Mtns. Big flat area here with a fire pit (NE corner), nice camp spot. The road to this point was in great shape, one washout made a slight diversion necessary, but a low clearance 2WD Chevy sedan made it all the way in to our campsite. Time to drive here from Midland Road (about 7 miles)was about 15 minutes. The road to Palen from the campsite is rough, and gets progressively worse as you get in closer to the TH. 4WD is pretty much mandatory for the last couple of miles. Time from campsite to the trailhead head (about 5.5 miles) was a bit longer than 45 minutes.

From the cars we traveled along road for a bit before dropping down into a major gully and then making our way up into the base of the range. We traveled across a couple of dry watercourses on our way to DPS Rte C and then found ourselves at the base of a dry waterfall. We were able to get around the waterfall and climb up onto a ridge at the east edge of the canyon we were looking for (on our way out we avoided the ridge and dry waterfall by just heading right down the main canyon into the gully system due west of the ridge - much easier!!). From here we headed up into the canyon, it was steep but not too bad. Boulder choked stream bed was actually pretty stable, and was really scenic, filled with pink and white boulders. Phenomenal views up top. Fun hike.

We came out the same way we came up (except for our avoidance of the dry fall and that steep terrain to its east) for a days total of 4.5 miles and 2,600' of gain. 3 hours, 45 mins up, about 3 hours, 15 out.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Mat Kelliher
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