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Ascent of Chuckwalla Peak on 2020-03-29

Climber: Kurt T

Date:Sunday, March 29, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Chuckwalla Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:3446 ft / 1050 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove in from Graham Pass Road. The road is sandy, but well graded until about two miles before the pass. Then it gets a bit rockier and clearance is needed but not 4WD. The spur to Chuckwalla is in pretty good shape. I parked at some cairns and started hiking up a very faint road. I think the DPS guide recommends driving this road to save a bit of mileage, but I would not recommend that as its overgrown and likely wouldn't save you much time. I drove out via Bradshaw Trail, Gas Line Road, and Red Cloud Road. These roads were all in pretty good shape and just a bit of clearance would suffice. However, I needed to engage 4WD at one section on the Bradshaw Trail where water covered the road for about 100 feet. There were also some sandy sections of the Gas Line Road that would probably be fine with 2WD, but you'd want to carry some momentum through them.

The hike itself was alright. Steep with good views on top. I went up a boulder filled gully and down the ridge. There was a Andy Smatko and John Robinson register scrap from 1959. 60+ years old but looked like it could have been written yesterday. There were other old entries from the 60's and 70s too.
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