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Ascent of Mine Peak on 2018-10-03

Climber: Jeffrey Swain

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mine Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:1850 ft / 563 m

Ascent Trip Report

Northbound on S-2, aka Sweeney Pass Road aka Imperial Highway, aka Great Southern Overland Stagecoach Route of 1849, turn right on Dolomite Mine Road. I was able to negotiate it with a Honda Civic. There is a T-crossing. Turn left and it will take you to the Dolomite Mine. I stopped short when the road got a little gnarly, but the difference in distance was inconsequential. I took a minute to explore the ruins of the Dolomite Mine. Following an assortment of old roads, goat-paths, and rocky washes, I ascended the hill with minor difficulty. Walking around the the right, I ascended the plug without scrambling and noticed there were three plausible peaks. I thought I had reached the peak, but found no marker or register. In about the 11 o'clock position, I spotted a cairn, so that was my next stop. I found a metal stake in the ground and a pair of tennis shoes embedded in the cairn; but no register or benchmark. Following the map on Topo Maps+ I found the True Peak with a volcanic plug, a register and a benchmark.

Getting down was a different story. I found myself one wash to the north of where I had come up and it was more difficult. Eventually, I checked the GAIA map and discovered I had drifted farther north, thinking that a volcanic plug was the original target of my ascent. Trip down was scrabbly and treacherous. I started leaning to the left and down to one wash over from my car. My GAIA track told me I was just a few feet away and I found the car where I left it.

For some reason, exporting my GAIA tracks to Peakbagger is hit or miss. If anyone knows how to make this work, please contact me at keypoke@yahoo.com.
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Benchmark for Mine Peak (2018-10-03). Photo by Jeffrey Swain.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:684 ft / 208 m
    Total Elevation Loss:734 ft / 223 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Grade/Class:3
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Clear
Warm,windy, and dry
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:684 ft / 208 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:From the mine, heading north
    Start Trailhead:Dolomite Mine Road  1166 ft / 355 m
    Time:2 Hours 48 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:734 ft / 223 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:Random cross country to the south
    End Trailhead:Dolomite Mine Road  1116 ft / 340 m
    Time:2 Hours 58 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jeffrey Swain
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