Ascent of Grand Wash Cliffs on 2013-04-06

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Saturday, April 6, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Grand Wash Cliffs
    Elevation:6769 ft / 2063 m

Ascent Trip Report

I followed the routes suggested by Kassan & Poulin. The road south of Diamond Bar Road to the fenceline at "Ray Place" covered 4.5 miles and wasn't too bad. Only one section was rocky and rutted enough to warrant 4wd (this occurred about 3 miles in). High clearance is a must, though. Conditions can change over time, of course.

I parked outside the fence and corral at Ray Place (staying on the BLM side) and followed the drainage and the ridges to a point south of the summit, then a series of paths and some bushwhacking to the top. Encountered no cliffs, and brush was thick in spots, but I made decent time (2.5 hours up, 1.75 hours down).

Remote, beautiful area. The views in all directions were incredible.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1800 ft / 548 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:West Ridge
    Trailhead:4969 ft / 1514 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 45 Minutes

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