Ascent of Spectre Peak on 2014-11-23

Climber: James Morehouse

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, November 23, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Spectre Peak
    Elevation:4482 ft / 1366 m

Ascent Trip Report

We camped about four miles away from the suggested trail head, thanks to Steve Eckert's trip report on ( He describes it as a 4WD road, but we found it in excellent condition and any passenger car would likely do fine on it. It's roughly four miles east and once on it, we went about a mile north to a pull out that was flat, with a fire ring already established. It's easy to find, as it is adjacent to a small, rocky hill in an otherwise wide open desert valley.

To start the climb itself, after parking at the DPS trail head, walk past the fence. What once was a road is now just a wash covered with sand, at least initially. But heading generally south/south west from the road you should cross it sooner or later (it shows itself as an old two track) and the advantage is that the footing is generally more solid. Once in the wash (from which both the DPS A and B routes diverge) the going becomes increasing rocky and difficult. I took the A route, which heads up more gradually towards a saddle, then drops down a few hundred feet where one should look for the prominent wash coming in from the right. From here it's nothing but boulder hopping (and a few dry falls) up to the bowl that Aqua, Spectre, and Dyadic live in. Aqua will be on your right and is pretty obvious. Spectre,whose summit is neither marked on the topo maps, and which also will show up on the maps as being lower than it actually is, is a little more difficult to find. As you come out of the wash it will be approximately at ten o'clock, i.e., off a little to your left. There will be several pinnacles and high points competing for your attention. Ignore those and head generally north west to the summit nearly directly across from Aqua on your right. Depending on your route up, the final climb can range from class 2 to class 4. The summit is a very small point with a register box in place.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:15.6 mi / 25.1 km
    Route:DPS A
    Start Trailhead:Hwy 62  
    Time:6 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Route:DPS A
    End Trailhead:Hwy 62  
    Time:4 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by James Morehouse
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