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Ascent of Saline Peak on 1997-04-26

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Saturday, April 26, 1997
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Saline Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:7045 ft / 2147 m

Ascent Trip Report

The range is named for the nearby Saline Valley which was mined for its salt deposits. (Gudde, p. 278) The summit register in April of 1997 stated that the earliest recorded ascent was by George Barnes and group on March 18, 1973.

The Saline Range lies in the expanded part of Death Valley National Park. The road described below is open year round, but the portion past the hot springs might be impassable after storms. Winter months from November to April are best for this area.

Saline Peak is in a remote area of Death Valley National Park northeast of Saline Valley. A sturdy 4wd vehicle is recommended. From Olancha on route 395 take route 190 northeast for 14.6 miles to an intersection with highway 136 from Lone Pine. Turn right (east) on 190 and go 17.0 miles and then turn left (north) onto Saline Valley Road which is clearly signed. From this junction follow the paved road through the Santa Rosa Hills and go right at a junction after 8.3 miles. The road is good graded dirt at this point. At 15.7 miles go left at a junction in a high saddle known as South Pass down Grapevine Canyon toward Saline Valley. Near the bottom go straight ahead at a junction at 26.1 miles. Passing private land and low sand dunes turn right at a painted rock at 45.7 miles. Go east passing the lower and upper hot springs and onto a rougher road with one bad hill where 4wd low range is needed. Park where possible along the road after going 19.2 miles near UTM: 440420E, 4088400N (NAD27). (Elevation here is 3600 ft.) Hike on a 300 degree bearing from here toward a ridge that ascends up toward a bump at 6400 ft. Contour on the south side of this bump and turn west past another bump at 6480 ft. There is one last hill heading west up to the large flat summit. The hike is 3.5 miles to the top with a gain of 3500 ft. We took 3 3/4 hours, however some have done it in 3 hours according to the register. Allow 2 1/2 to 3 hours for the return hike. 4/97 RLC
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