Ascent of Black Canyon Wilderness High Point on 2018-12-30
|Others in Party:||Anji Cerney|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Sunday, December 30, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
|Peak:||Black Canyon Wilderness High Point|
| Elevation:||2832 ft / 863 m|
Ascent Trip ReportAnji drove her low clearance Scion to the junction of two jeep roads, and decided not to push her luck and parked. Maybe 100 meters down the road, the road became fairly sandy, and would likely led to traction problems for her vehicle's road tires. We walked down the road, eventually veering off on another closed jeep road at a junction and a wilderness boundary sign. The new road got better after 50 meters or so - apparently someone (BLM?) put a bunch of toaster-sized boulders on the beginning section to dissuade further travel.
The road continued for a while, then ended at a flat circle on the side of a hill. We continued across open terrain strewn with more toaster-sized boulders and various plants (mostly creosote bush, a few mild cacti, and the like). After descending gradually into a wash, we hit the summit ridge, and made our way steadily to the top, which was at the far (southern) end of our ridge.
The summit was a outcrop of larger rocks. Anji freaked at the large tick on her quad (atop her pants), creating much amusement. We found a large shed snakeskin just feet below the summit, and we relieved not to find the serpent it belonged to, even though it was only about 65 degrees F. A search of bushes just below the summit yielded yet another tick, so we opted not to plow through and of the short dry twiggy plants on the way back.
The route down was slightly varied on the final ridge, and we ended up side hilling a bit which proved to be less pleasant than the top of the ridge. We hit the jeep road again, and headed back to the car. Though we did toy with trying a couple of the other small peaklets in the area, we eventually decided better of it as none were even close to 300 feet of prominence.
Once reaching the car, Anji pulled out, cutting off a blue or black Honda Accord that came from the direction we hiked (and out of the middle of nowhere). So apparently the sand wasn't so deep as it seemed under our boots. What the young woman in the car was doing out there, I have no guess.
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