Ascent of Hackberry Mountain on 1995-10-29

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Sunday, October 29, 1995
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hackberry Mountain
    Elevation:5390 ft / 1642 m

Ascent Trip Report

The East Mojave National Preserve is open for hiking and camping, however the Lanfair Valley contains a lot of private land and cattle ranches. The BLM map shows all of section 1, which contains Hackberry Spring, to be private land; however there were no signs or restrictions at the time of our ascent. The summit and most of the mountain is in the Preserve.

About 107 miles east of Barstow on I-40 turn off at the Fenner exit and head NE 9.8 miles to the town of Goffs. From here reset your odometer and go left (NNW) on Lanfair Valley Road. After 10.3 miles the pavement ends and at 11.2 miles cross a cattle guard. At 14.1 miles turn left (SW) onto a fair, single-lane dirt road. UTM at this turn is 666500E, 3885020N. On this road go nearly straight for 1.7 miles to a corral on your left and a junction. Turn left and cross a wash and start up a rocky hill where 4WD will usually be needed. The road has an unsettling slope to the left which demands some care. At the top of the grade the road curves right and continues SW toward the mountain. At 3.3 miles we parked and hiked where the road turned quite rough. UTM at this point is 663850E, 3881500N. If you are bold you can drive another 0.7 miles to Hackberry Spring. Hike up the road to the spring which has a pipe running into a cave in the mountain. Climb up the hill to the right of the cave and continue generally SW toward the right side of the flat-topped mountain ahead. Numerous animal tracks can be followed to make it a bit easier. Once on the summit ridgeline head SW to the giant cairn on the highest point. The cairn was probably placed by a water disrict before 1935. From the parking spot on the road at 3.3 miles the hike is 3 miles round-trip with a gain of 1200 ft. Allow about 1 1/4 hours for the ascent and 1 hour to return. 10/95 RLC
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