Ascent of Piute Mountains High Point on 2000-03-21

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Tuesday, March 21, 2000
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Piute Mountains High Point
    Elevation:4199 ft / 1279 m

Ascent Trip Report

The high point of the Piute Mountains can be reached by driving the four-wheel drive road that bisects the wilderness area. To reach a suitable starting point, take the Essex exit off Interstate 40 and drive southeast to Essex and turn left onto the National Trails Highway which is old route 66. Drive 1.7 miles northeast from Essex and go to the right at the junction with Goffs Road. Cross over the railroad line and drive 4.9 miles to a gate in the fence on the right side. This turn is also 0.3 miles past a sand and gravel works. From here pass through the gate and note the following mileages: At 1.9 miles go right at a junction and at 2.5 miles the road goes over a pass and then turns to the right in a valley before heading south again. At 4.5 miles turn left at a junction in a wash. Follow this wash until a T intersection is reached after 5.8 miles. Turn left in the east-west running valley and drive another 0.9 miles or about 6.7 miles overall and park along the road. Further on the road has some narrow passages through boulders and is not advised. UTM where you park should be about: 674580E, 3845310N. Hike east on the road for about 1/3 mile and turn left up short drainages and then up a slope to the ridge. Go east along the ridge over a bump at 1230 meters and down to a saddle then north up the final ridge to the top. The hike takes about 50 minutes to the top and is 1 1/4 miles with a gain of 700 ft. 3/00 RLC
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