Ascent of Peak 6582 on 1994-02-05
|Date:||Saturday, February 5, 1994|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||6582 ft / 2006 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThe peak is not named on the topo map, however it has come to be known in hiking circles as "Dawns Peak" since this name appeared on early Auto Club maps. On more recent Auto Club maps it is shown as "Lorenzens Peak".
P6582 ft. or Dawns Peak is a long hike for strong hikers. As a dayhike it requires about 13 hours from the starting point on Rockhouse Canyon road north of Clark Lake. A similar route is described on page 215 in the book "Afoot and Afield in San Diego County" , 2nd ed., by Jerry Schad. The map for the route is number D-3 on page 205. Start the hike at a point 7.2 miles north of highway S22 on Rockhouse Canyon road. Draw the UTM grid on the map before starting. The UTM at the starting point is about 623931. The road to this point is ok for most high-clearance vehicles. A short section crosses the Clark Dry Lake which should be driven on only if it is dry. The large seven foot high cairn on the summit can be seen with binoculars at a bearing of 10 degrees. Hike north toward Corp BM which is shown on the map and then up the ridge to the right side of the benchmark. (The benchmark is not easy to find.) At a point on the ridge at UTM 623974 drop into the canyon on your right. There is usually a duck marking this spot. Continue north in the wash about 1/2 mile and take the right branch heading NE. Follow this broad wash until it ends in about 1/2 mile and go over a ridge and drop into another wash at UTM 631987. Go north in the wash for 0.4 miles and take the left fork . Follow this wash as curves NNE and leave the wash at UTM 634009 heading up the steep ridge that curves to the east at the end where the summit cairn is. Round-trip distance is 12 1/2 miles and the elevation gain is about 5750 ft. 2/94 RLC
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