Ascent of Pinto Mountain on 1991-02-10

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Sunday, February 10, 1991
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pinto Mountain
    Elevation:3983 ft / 1214 m

Ascent Trip Report

Pinto Mountain is the large mountain on the north side of the Pinto Basin which is easily seen from the main paved highway. The normal hiking route starts from the south at the backcountry registration pullout 13.6 miles north of the Cottonwood Visitors Center. The large seven-foot high summit cairn can be seen with binoculars from the starting point. Hike NE across nearly flat desert for about two miles until the base of the mountain is reached. A large canyon coming down from the summit is seen. A good route is up the ridge on the right (east) side of this canyon. After a somewhat rough, steep start the going gets easier and some ducks and parts of a use trail will be found. The summit cairn won't be visible until the last hill is climbed. This is a minor variation of the south wash route described in the book "On Foot in Joshua Tree", by Patty A. Furbush. See page 103 and the map on page 105 for more complete route descriptions. This route is the same as that described in Sec. 4.4 in the "Road and Peak Guide" of the Desert Peaks Section. The round trip distance is nine miles with 2,300 ft. elevation gain and strong hikers can complete the route in five to six hours.
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