Ascent of Mount Tule on 1996-02-04

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Sunday, February 4, 1996
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Tule
    Elevation:4647 ft / 1416 m

Ascent Trip Report

The name comes from the Aztec "tullin" or "tollin" for the cattail or similar plants found in marshy areas which supplied cane reeds for shelters. (Gudde, p. 346) (Stein, p. 85, 143) The peak is about 2 miles north of Tule Lake and Tule canyon which drains east into Carrizo Gorge.

The peak and nearby sections are BLM land in the McCain Valley Conservation Area. The area is open for camping and hiking. Camping is not permitted at the Sacatone Overlook north of the peak. The nearest BLM office is at 1661 S. 4th St., El Centro, Ca. 92243-4561 Phone: (619) 353-3896

Mt. Tule is an easy and short off-trail hike with good views over Carrizo Gorge to the east. To reach the mountain take the Campo/Boulevard exit on I-8 and go south 0.45 miles to a stop sign. Turn left (E) onto Old Highway 80 and go 2.3 miles and turn left (N) onto McCain Valley Rd. Reset odometer at this junction and go north on the paved road passing under I-8 after 0.3 miles. At 1.5 miles pass the Conservation Camp on your left. At 2.4 miles the pavement ends as you pass over a cattle guard. A sign indicates the start of the McCain Valley Conservation Area. At 2.8 miles turn right onto the Sacatone Overlook Road. On this narrower dirt road go straight at a junction at 4.0 miles. Then at 4.3 miles turn right onto a narrow track toward the mountain which is the large hill ahead. On this road drive 0.4 miles and park at some turnouts if you have a 2WD vehicle. In a 4WD vehicle you can continue for another 0.3 miles till the road goes up a steep grade with some white rock bands in the road. Park in this area where turning around on the slanted ground is difficult. UTM here is: 572100E, 3618600N (NAD27). Start the hike here up the road to its end and then up the hill following along some scattered fallen power poles to a cairn on the north summit. Continue south about 300 ft. to a slightly higher summit and the register. Only the #1 benchmark was found here. The hike is 1/3 of a mile with a gain of 530 ft. and takes about 25 minutes to the top. 2/96 RLC
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