Ascent of Martinez Mountain on 2001-04-27

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Friday, April 27, 2001
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Martinez Mountain
    Elevation:6562 ft / 2000 m

Ascent Trip Report

At the intersection of highways 371 and 74 at the south end of Garner Valley proceed east on 74 toward Indio. At 9.1 miles turn off right onto a paved road to the Cactus Springs trailhead. This turn is across from a road going north to the Pinyon Flats campground. Drive south 0.3 miles and bear left to a paved parking area. Four-wheel drive vehicles may proceed a bit further down a hill to a junction with sign marking the start of the Cactus Springs trail. Start hiking east on an old road that descends and turns into a trail passing by an abandoned dolomite mine. Continue through the mine area heading generally east as the trail descends through several canyons to its lowest point crossing Horsethief Creek. From here continue southeast as the trail climbs up to Little Pinyon Flat and passes Cactus Spring. About 3/4 mile past the spring leave the trail at UTM 558085E, 3713946N and continue east following a wash. Stay in this wash as it curves south and turns into a steep, rocky gully coming down the north side of Martinez Mountain. There is about a 1200 foot climb up to the high plateau at the top. From there head east to the rock pinnacle that is the peak. The pinnacle can be climbed on the southeast side. This route is 15 miles round-trip with a elevation gain of 3200 feet. It takes about one hour to reach the creek crossing and four more hours to reach the summit. Allow about 4 1/2 hours for the return hike which has a gain of 600 feet from the creek to the trailhead. The total trip time is about 10 hours. 4/01 RLC
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North side of Martinez Mountain. Shelley Rogers on top (2001-04-27). Photo by Richard Carey.
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