Ascent of Chaparrosa Peak on 1994-05-01

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Sunday, May 1, 1994
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Chaparrosa Peak
    Elevation:5541 ft / 1688 m

Ascent Trip Report

Section 21 and all of the surrounding sections are private property. There has not generally been a problem hiking to the summit.

The trailhead is easily reached from the town of Yucca Valley. Take Pioneertown Road north from highway 62 for 7.4 mi. to a junction with Pipes Canyon Road. On the right this road is paved and on the left (SW) it is a good dirt road. Turn left onto the dirt road and at 0.6 mi. pass a ramshakle house on the left and drop into a wash. On the other side of the wash the road forks. Take the left fork up the hill. This section can be rough and a high-clearance vehicle or 4WD is recommended. At 0.8 mi. stay right at another fork and the road ends at 0.9 mi. at a fence. Start the hike downhill to the left along the fence on a cow path. At the bottom of the grade a 4WD road will be encounterd that leads to the right to a gate that is sometimes open. Hike up this road which goes steeply to the south up the hillside. The road will level out and there is a cabin on the left after about a half mile. Then as the road turns left you will see a white pipe on the right and valve in the ground. About 200 ft. past this point a horse path takes off to the right. This path will head SW up to a canyon and then almost all the way to the summit. An alternate route is to stay higher on the ridge over bump 5315 ft. Near the summit the horse path goes left down into a canyon, continue straight or slightly right up to the top which is only a short distance. Roundtrip hiking time is about 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
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