Ascent of Peak 5088 on 2018-03-09

Climber: David Comerzan

Date:Friday, March 9, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Peak 5088
    Elevation:5088 ft / 1550 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a private hike with George Christiansen of one HPS peak (Hoyt) and two Peakbagger peaks. We entered Joshua Tree National Park at the west entrance and drove the Quail springs picnic area. We were following Valarie Norton’s track to Hoyt. A trail starts from the picnic area and heads southwest toward a canyon. The trail peters out as it enters a gully that leads to the canyon. In the canyon, we encountered several dry water falls that we had to work around, but once out of the canyon, we followed a shallow gully that continued southwest, then south then back southwest, keeping bump 4549 on our right, crossed the Johnny Lang trail then up a steep 800-900’ to the summit of Hoyt. We found a register on Hoyt.
Next was Lang Mine peak. From Lang , we followed a use trail down to a point where we begin our ascent to Lang. It was a short 100’ of gain to Lang. We did not find any register or BM on Lang.
Next was Peak 5088’. From Lang, we dropped down into the Johnny Lang Canyon, traversed along the ridge for 5088, staying at about the 4600 contour line. We gradually worked our way to a gully that lies just south of the peak. It was a slow steep climb to a saddle just south of the peak, then another steep climb to the summit. We did not find a register or BM on the summit. From the summit, we decided to go over the summit and down to another gully on the north side of the peak. This was a mistake. We were sliding down some large boulders. Once we got into the gully, we were fine. We just headed to our inbound track and out. In hind sight, we should have went down the gully we came up.
7:40 am Depart. 3980’
11:05 am Hoyt Summit 5405’
12:15 pm Lang Mine Peak Summit
2:40 pm Peak 5088 Summit
5:00 pm Car. 7.5 miles round trip, 2500’ gain, 9 hours, 40 minutes.
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