Ascent of Orocopia Mountains High Point on 2014-02-16

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:BMS 914 -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----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 Report

The 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
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 15 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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