Ascent of Saline Peak on 2021-04-24

Climber: Mihai Giurgiulescu

Others in Party:Kevin Trieu
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, April 24, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Saline Peak
    Elevation:7045 ft / 2147 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is one remote peak, with a correspondingly long drive. Waucoba-Saline Road from the north takes a while to cover, but it's well graded and any vehicle can make it to the turn-off for the warm springs. High clearance makes things go faster to the lower pools. High clearance mandatory to the upper springs, as well as to the starting point for the peak. 4WD helpful, but won't necessarily make it faster. Was surprised at the effort required to make the summit. The fact that we started late and it was a warm day didn't help, however there are still about 3700 ft of gain to deal with, all cross country and with some damn steep sections. No cairns on this route. At the top, fine views of the Inyos, Dry Mountain, the Last Chance Range, and others beyond. White Mountain and some of the Sierra peeking though the low points along the Inyo crest. The descent went pretty fast. I would say the peak deserves a spot on the DPS list given the remoteness and the combined driving and hiking effort required.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3760 ft / 1145 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3760 ft / 1145 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.8 mi / 12.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3700 ft / 1127 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3675 ft / 1120 m; Extra: 25 ft / 7m
    Loss on way in:25 ft / 7 m
    Distance:3.9 mi / 6.3 km
    Route:SE Canyons/East Slopes
    Start Trailhead:Steel Pass Road  3370 ft / 1027 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3735 ft / 1138 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3675 ft / 1120 m; Extra: 60 ft / 18m
    Gain on way out:60 ft / 18 m
    Distance:3.9 mi / 6.2 km
    Route:SE Canyons/East Slopes
    End Trailhead:Steel Pass Road  3370 ft / 1027 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Death Valley 2021-04

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Saline Peak2021-04-243760 ft / 1146 m
2Zinc Benchmark2021-04-251630 ft / 497 m
Total Trip Gain: 5390 ft / 1643 m    Total Trip Loss: 5390 ft / 1643 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Mihai Giurgiulescu
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