Ascent of Palen Mountains High Point on 2014-03-02
|Others in Party:||Kay Komuro|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Sunday, March 2, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||4x4 Vehicle|
|Peak:||Palen Mountains High Point|
| Elevation:||3848 ft / 1172 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThe road approaching this trailhead is a tough one- I'd recommend 4WD for both rocks and sand. While 17.7 miles from pavement, the last 5 are quite a bit worse. Once at the "trailhead", a different road picks up and continues about another half mile with no signs indicating driving it is prohibited (we didn't see it until we were already hiking).
The terrain on this hike is often quite poor, but you can avoid the worst of the wash by staying above it on either side (there were often cairns on one or sometimes both sides). When you finally reach the ridgeline south of the summit, you will likely go over 3 false summits, but none of them are that bad. They do involve some simple class 3 climbing.
While I've definitely seen worse desert vegetation, one does need to constantly be on the lookout for cactus and other sharp plants.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||2619 ft / 797 m|
| Extra Gain:||50 ft / 15 m|
| Distance:||5.2 mi / 8.4 km|
| Route:||SW gully to South ridge|
| Trailhead:||Near the bend at the top of the road 1329 ft / 405 m|
| Quality:||3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Time Up:||3 Hours |
| Time Down:||2 Hours 45 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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