Ascent of Coso Peak on 1946-04-21

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Others in Party:Parker Severson (leader); David McCarthy and other DPSers
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, April 21, 1946
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Coso Peak
    Elevation:8160 ft / 2487 m

Ascent Trip Report

Last night David and I camped at Red Rock Canyon and this morning had breakfast at Adamson's in Olancha, where we met other DPSers. We re-grouped at Darwin, a parched, tumble-down, and formerly thriving mining town, now composed mostly of scattered shacks, a general store, and a bar. From here we took off on a corrugated dirt road on a ride that led dubiously and deviously up hill and down, past the fascinating ghost town of Coso and up the approaches to Coso Peak. The hiking route followed a dry gulch that twisted and turned for a mile or so before taking us up to a ridge that led, we thought, to the summit. Turned out this was a false summit, which we named "Hopeso." At 4:00Pm, three hours from the cars, we finally made the true summit. The view of the Sierra crest, serrated with its snow-covered giants, was as splendid as the dry expanse of scorched desert was desolate. A Sierra Club aluminum box register was placed on top before starting down at 4:30. We descended a steeper path than on the ascent, hoping it would be shorter, but it wasn't. By 6:30 everyone had returned to the cars, where camp was established for the night
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 

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