Ascent of Russell Peak on 2000-10-15

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Sunday, October 15, 2000
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Russell Peak
    Elevation:6696 ft / 2040 m

Ascent Trip Report

A good starting point for Russell Peak is in Indian Wells Canyon on the northeast side. Take route 14 about 1.7 miles south of its junction with highway 395. Turn right (west) on dirt road SE152 which turns right after a cattle guard and then curves left over a hill and into the canyon. At about 1.0 miles cross the aqueduct and then turn right at a junction in 2.7 miles. Continue on and go left at junctions in 3.8 miles and 5.2 miles. After this last turn there are some rough spots up a steep slope that may require four-wheel drive. Drive in about 0.4 miles and as the road curves right and levels off turn right onto a short spur road that dead ends in a short distance at a mine dig. UTM here is: 413836E, 3950056N. Start hiking from here about a tenth of a mile further along the road and then turn left on an old mining road past a red stake. Go up the road to the first switchback and then leave the road heading due south up the hill to peak 6095 feet shown on the topo. Then turn southeast along the ridge and climb up to peak 6523 feet. From here follow the rocky ridge southwest to the summit at 6696 feet. You should stay to the left side below some of the larger boulders. The hike is 3 miles round-trip with a gain of 2100 feet. Allow about 2 1/4 hours for the ascent and 1 to 1 1/2 hours to go down. 10/00 RLC
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