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Ascent of Pahrump Valley Wilderness High Point on 2015-02-18

Climber: Dan Baxter

Others in Party:Dennis Poulin -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Pahrump Valley Wilderness High Point
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:5151 ft / 1570 m

Ascent Trip Report

Our approach was via the Excelsor Mine Road, which is a remarkably good road and most of it is paved, all the way from I-15 to Tecopa. This was one of three wilderness area HP's I was able to summit easily from this road.
We parked and camped on the 4WD road directly to the west. The peak is visible from here, and had a nice alpenglow the eve before the ascent.
The ascent was straightforward. The slope was all open country, no bad scree or anything. A little low class 2 at spots. We parked at the wilderness area border post, and then walked the short distance on the closed road to the open pit mine seen on the topo, then NE up to the ridge and up the west ridge. We signed in at the register.
The peak is actually a double summit. It took only another 5 minutes or so to reach the higher summit which at 5187' is higher than the wilderness area HP. This has been dubbed "Jupiter Mine Peak" on Peakbagger.com, but it is unnamed on the topo where it has a USLM 192 label and a spot elevation of 1581T. It is obviously outside the wilderness area as it has a small dish antenna and a small pole antenna on the summit, supplied by 4 or 5 solar panels. It was worth the brief diversion as it has 972' of prominence.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:800 ft / 243 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km
    Route:brief road, mine, then W ridge
    Trailhead:Jeep road directly to the west, at wilderness area  4351 ft / 1326 m
    Grade/Class:brief road and class
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 



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