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Ascent of Orocopia Mountains High Point on 2011-02-01

Climber: Dan Baxter

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Orocopia Mountains High Point
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:3815 ft / 1162 m

Ascent Trip Report

Day 4 and 4th peak of a week in the SE corner of California, climbing DPS / 2000 ft prominence peaks. Second easiest of the seven peaks.

Note the DPS rule of "always drive left at the road forks" is no longer true. At 3.1 miles from the old highway a left turn will go into some spontaneously created campsite areas. The key left turn, hard to initially see, is in the ravine, at 3.7 miles from the old Hwy. Jeepable but that 50 feet of getting out of the ravine will challenge most 4WDers. Just past that exit out of the ravine do NOT turn right. Rather, keep straight and a minute later this road bends right and goes to the $WD starting point at the wilderness area boundary sign.

The 30 foot dry waterfall is easily circumvented to the left, just before the waterfall.

I suggest you create a GPS waypoint at the place you exit the ravine to climb up to the summit. Its not quite as obvious as the DPS guide implies.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1442 ft / 439 m
    Elevation Loss:1442 ft / 439 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1392 ft / 424 m
    Extra Loss:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:DPS route B (SummitPost Orocopia North approach)
    Trailhead:DPS 4WD start point  2473 ft / 753 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1392 ft / 424 m
    Extra Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Route:DPS route B
    Trailhead:DPS 4WD start point  2473 ft / 753 m



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