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Ascent to Manly Peak-Summit Block on 2011-03-09

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Date:Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Manly Peak - Summit Block
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:7175 ft / 2186 m
    Remaining Elevation:20 ft / 7 m (1% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

I approached Manly Pk from Death Valley. At milepost 42 on Hwy 190 at the south end of Death Valley turn west on Westside Rd and zero your odometer. At 2.9 miles turn left towards Warm Spring Canyon and Butte Valley. At 13.7 the left fork goes to Warm Springs and the right fork continues towards Butte Valley. Any 2WD vehicle can make it to Warm Springs, but you need high clearance the rest of the way. At 25.3 go straight, the right fork goes to the stone cabin, at 25.6 take the left for, at 25.8 take the right fork, at 25.9 go straight and notice a house off to the right, at 26.3 park in the turn around behind the Russell Camp cabin, elevation 4,380.

I followed the DPS directions and hiked up the obvious wash to the west behind the cabin. This climbs about 700 ft to a saddle and then turn right and follow the ridge all the way to the summit area. There is a climbers' trail most of the way that is generally near the ridgetop. There is lots of decomposed granite on this route that is loose and makes the climb more tiring.

I got up to the summit block and there was supposed to be a Class 3 move to get on the summit block and tag the summit. I think I found the place to make the Class 3 move but it had 2 problems. One was if I missed the move I would fall about 10 ft onto some rocks. The second problem was if I made the move, I don't think I could reverse it to get back off the rock. I will go back some day with a rope, rock shoes, and some gear. The DPS register is at the base of the summit rock, not the top.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2849 ft / 868 m
    Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Route:DPS route from Ramsey
    Trailhead:4326 ft / 1318 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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