Ascent of Edgar Peak on 2000-03-19
|Date:||Sunday, March 19, 2000|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||7162 ft / 2182 m|
Ascent Trip ReportEdgar Peak is generally climbed from the Mitchell Caverns State Park on the east side. On Interstate 40 about 80 miles east of Barstow, take the Essex exit and head north on a good paved road. After 9.8 miles turn left at a junction and continue for another 6.0 miles up to the State Park parking lot. Park here and walk up past the visitors center to the Mary Beal Nature Trail north of the buildings. Follow this down the slope and take the right fork and follow the loop to the north side. Leave the trail at one of the large signs and head cross-country northwest to a large canyon. Turn west onto the canyon and at fork take the left canyon which will head southwest and then curve around to the north. At UTM: 634480E, 3868140N move left out of the brushy canyon bottom and go up steep open slopes heading northwest. Eventually you will merge into the upper part of the canyon on steep, loose slopes heading west up to a saddle at the rim. From here head north following a ducked route mostly along the east side of the edge. At one point the route drops through some trees and then cuts across to the west side. Continue north across a saddle to the final steep slopes of the summit mound. The route is strenuous and takes about 4 1/2 to 5 hours for the ascent and about 4 hours down. The round-trip distance is about 4 miles with an elevation gain of about 2900 ft. 3/00 RLC
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