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Ascent of Pinto Mountain on 2016-12-16

Climber: James Morehouse

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, December 16, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Pinto Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:3983 ft / 1214 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started the hike across the desert at eight a.m. under partly cloudy skies and calm wind. The rain from the night before had cleared by early morning. As I ascended the ridge, the higher I got, the breezier it got. By the time I reached the summit the wind was blowing in the 40 mph range. By the time I was recrossing the desert the wind was kicking up a sand storm in the area, making for poor visibility at times. I managed to break my gps on the way down, so no track is available, although climbing Pinto is pretty straight forward. You start at the parking area at approximately mile post 17, heading towards a ridge on the right hand side of the mountain with two deep gorges on either side. Once on the ridge there is a faint use trail leading all the way up to the summit, which isn't visible until one is nearly there. The cone shaped peak on the right is slightly lower, and what appears to be the high point is really just the last bump on the ridge before a fairly broad summit area. #56/96 for the 2nd DPS go round.
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Pinto Peak from the trail head. The ridge one is aiming for is on the right, with a deep shadow on its left. It can be followed all the way to the summit, seen in the top center of the mountain (2016-12-16). Photo by James Morehouse.
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Summary Total Data
    Distance:9.6 mi / 15.4 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Very Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:3 Hours 



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