Ascent of Sheep Mountain on 2011-02-20
|Date:||Sunday, February 20, 2011|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||3156 ft / 961 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI hiked Sheep Mtn with Ken Russell and Ken Jones. A free pass is required to enter the area from the Marine Corps. We approached Sheep Mtn from I-8 and took Exit 21 to Dome Valley. This road is Old US 80. When we found signed Ave 25 E. we turned south and zeroed the odometer, crossed the RxR tracks and went under I-8. At 0.8 mile the pavement ended, at 1.6 mile took a left turn at the canal and then quickly took the right fork, at 1.9 miles took a right turn just before the Barry Goldwater Range sign. AT 2.5 miles turn south on a road marked by a 4x4 post with a red top marked #4. At 4.4 miles reach another post signed #4A and take the left fork, and at 6.3 miles take the left fork again onto a rougher road. Park at mile 6.5 at elevation 790 ft.
This is a tedious climb that took us almost 9 hours. We hiked up the obvious wash to the south. We passed some water tanks about half way up that didn’t seem to be operational. There is no trail, so the going was slow looking for the easiest route and trying to avoid the thorny stuff. We aimed for and finally reached the obvious saddle at the top of the drainage. From the saddle we turned to the left and started climbing the ridge to the summit. There are several short Class 3 sections going up the ridge, but the exposure is not great. It was very time consuming. It is difficult to describe the entire route except that it requires some scrambling. In places you can see where others have scrambled and in other places we just had to look around for the safest route. Eventually we reached the summit and enjoyed the views. It was a long day, thankfully it was not hot.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||2364 ft / 720 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||4.6 mi / 7.3 km|
| Route:||North Side Wash|
| Trailhead:||792 ft / 241 m|
| Route Conditions:||Open Country, Scramble|
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