Ascent of Orocopia Mountains High Point on 2014-02-16
|Others in Party:||BMS 914|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Sunday, February 16, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||4x4 Vehicle|
|Peak:||Orocopia Mountains High Point|
| Elevation:||3815 ft / 1162 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThe road instructions posted on Summitpost by Scott Surgent were perfect- reprinted here:
Exit Interstate-10 at the Joshua Tree/Mecca exit, which is about 23 miles east of Indio and 5 miles west of the Chiriaco Summit exit. Go south for 0.3 miles, and turn left (east) onto old paved Pinto Road for another 0.6 miles. Turn right (south) onto a good dirt road. Pass under powerlines at 0.9 miles, then stay left at a Y-junction a few yards past the power lines. Stay on this main road for another 2.8-2.9 miles. It trends mostly east and south. Toward the end, stay left at a pair of Y-junctions, even if it appears the better road is to the right. At this point you come to another Y-junction: the right ends at some rock barriers just a few feet ahead, while the left fork goes up steeply and eroded section to gain a slightly elevated bench. The road "ends" at the wilderness boundary another 0.4 miles further.
Once at the trailhead, the road continues (beyond the wilderness area boundary) for a good distance on the east bank of the main wash. After that ends, a faint trail continues up the ridge and follows the ridgeline all the way to the summit. It's a fairly easy hike with great views (especially of the Salton Sea) at the summit.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||1595 ft / 484 m|
| Extra Gain:||150 ft / 45 m|
| Distance:||5.4 mi / 8.7 km|
| Route:||Ridge east of main wash|
| Trailhead:||North trailhead 2520 ft / 768 m|
| Quality:||1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Unmaintained Trail, Open Country|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Time Up:||1 Hours 45 Minutes|
| Time Down:||1 Hours 15 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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