Ascent of Juniper Dunes Wilderness High Point on 2012-09-30
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Sunday, September 30, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||4x4 Vehicle|
|Peak:||Juniper Dunes Wilderness High Point|
| Elevation:||1140 ft / 347 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI mistakenly turned into Smith Canyon offroad area. Stay on Peterson Road until it ends and a sandy, very humpy road heads east. The farther you get back in, the less gravel the "road" has and more sand. A car can probably make it 2 miles in from Peterson Road but there are opportunities to get stuck. I car camped at 2.5 miles and a bunch of teenagers showed up with huge speakers and proceeded to party until 6am.
Beyond 2.5 miles, the road becomes a wide trail. It is very sandy and hilly and I had to lower my tire pressure and use 4wd to make it through. I drove to 4.4 miles where a steep, soft sand hill wasn't worth trying.
I didn't look for the wilderness gate and just squirmed under the fence when I found it. Walking through the wilderness is annoying due to the up and down nature of the dune scape. At least the dunes are mostly covered in vegetation. I worried a lot about rattlesnakes but I didn't see any. When you approach the high point, you will see an obviously higher hill beyond. It is outside the wilderness boundary.
On the drive out, I came across the ranger giving first aid to a motorcyclist. The rider didn't see the ranger's winch cable to a stuck vehicle in time.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||990 ft / 301 m|
| Extra Gain:||300 ft / 91 m|
| Distance:||7.4 mi / 11.9 km|
| Trailhead:||750 ft / 228 m|
| Grade/Class:||Class 2|
| Route Conditions:||Open Country|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Hot, Calm, Clear|
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