Ascent of Cunningham Mountain on 1995-02-18

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Saturday, February 18, 1995
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cunningham Mountain
    Elevation:3316 ft / 1010 m

Ascent Trip Report

Cunningham Mountain is easily reached from highway 95 which runs south from Quartzsite. At about 7 miles south of Quartzsite look for a dirt road heading west on the north side of a high-voltage transmission line which crosses the highway in an east-west direction. As a check, this road is at a point 0.1 miles north of milepost 96. Turn right (west) onto this road that runs parallel to the power line and also along a buried gas pipeline that follows the same route. The road is graded and is passable by most any high-clearance vehicle. After about 6 miles you will enter a canyon and at 7.0 miles stop at a four-way junction. The road to the right leads to the Copper Bottom mine on the north side of the canyon and the road on the left (south) leads to the top of the mountain. Park here where there is space for several vehicles and begin the hike up the steep 4WD road. There is a locked gate a short distance up the road. Views of Blythe, the Colorado River, and also Signal Mountain to the southeast are good from the top. The hike takes about 1 to 1 1/4 hours for the ascent and about 3/4 hours to return and the elevation gain is 1840 ft. Round-trip distance is about 3.2 miles. 2/95 RLC
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