Ascent of Sheephead Mountain on 1995-11-09

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Thursday, November 9, 1995
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sheephead Mountain
    Elevation:4275 ft / 1303 m

Ascent Trip Report

From Baker drive north on route 127 to Shoshone. A few miles before reaching the town Sheephead can be seen to the northwest and is a most attractive mountain with its alternate bands of buff, pink, and red rhyolite and basalt. Continue through Shoshone and 1.7 miles north turn left (W) onto route 178 toward Death Valley. From this junction go west and then southwest across the south end of Greenwater Valley and then over Salsberry Pass. At about a half mile beyond the pass at 11.5 miles on the odometer, slow down and look for the dirt road on your left that leaves the highway and immediately goes up a short, rough section to the top of a hill. This turn is 0.1 miles past the 31.50 milepost sign. Drive in on this road, which requires 4WD, for 0.6 miles until it ends at the mouth of a canyon and a prospect site close by up on the hill to the south. UTM here is 552020E, 3974850N. The summit is visible from here on a bearing of 80 degrees and is only 0.8 miles away. Start the hike from here heading east up the wash and after about 50 yards go right at a fork. As the wash narrows you can climb out to your left up onto a ridge and continue toward the peak. One can stay to the left side of the summit and climb up to a notch and then traverse south to the high point. Footing is often slippery on the steep cinder-covered slopes. The route is 3/4 mile each way and has a gain of 860 ft. The climb should take about 45 minutes. 11/95 RLC
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