Ascent of Big Maria Mountains High Point on 2011-01-30

Climber: Dan Baxter

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, January 30, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Big Maria Mountains High Point
    Elevation:3381 ft / 1030 m

Ascent Trip Report

Sunday solo ascent. Second of 6 successful (and one attempted) DPS and CA P2K (2000 ft prominence) peaks in the far SE corner of California.

Road erosion now makes the DPS "2WD" starting point really a 4WD start. I was able to drive a Jeep, However, easily to the 4WD start. I suggest you walk from there almost to the next pole, across the wash first. THEN you can walk on the relatively smooth and even north rim of the wash. If you just cut eastward from your vehicle, you will be traversing a much rougher, rockier route before you reach the ravine.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2301 ft / 701 m
    Elevation Loss:2301 ft / 701 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2301 ft / 701 m
    Extra Loss:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route:DPS Route B
    Trailhead:DPS 4WD starting point (pole 46-3)  1180 ft / 359 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2201 ft / 671 m
    Trailhead:1180 ft / 359 m

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