Ascent of Eureka Peak on 2016-09-21
|Date:||Wednesday, September 21, 2016|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||5518 ft / 1681 m|
Ascent Trip Report This was a private hike with George Christiansen, Pat Vaughn and Bruce Craig. Our main goal was Eureka. This peak use to be on the HPS list and was delisted. It is now being considered for adding back on. And as a true Peakbagger, we look for bumps in the area.
Access to these peaks was great. You can drive almost to Eureka. The road is in excellent shape and any 2WD vehicle could make it. From 10, take SR 62, go through Yucca Valley to just before the community of Joshua Valley. Turn right (south) at La Contenta Road (there is a light here). Follow the paved road to a stop sign at Yucca Trail. It was a little confusing at this point because we weren’t sure where La Contenta continued. If you look straight ahead, you will see a dirt road. This is La Contenta. Follow La Contenta about 8 miles towards Covington Flats, taking a right at the 2nd fork. Continue to a sign for Upper Covington Flat and turn right (southwest) and follow it for about 1 ½ miles to a signed tee junction pointing to the right for Eureka Peak. Follow the road about a mile to its end at a circular drive.
Our first objective was Eureka Peak East (5530). This was a short walk NE to the summit. From EP East, we headed west then northwest to Eureka, 5418, 5286 (one we just added), and 5240. We returned the same way.
From our parking spot we drove back to a point just west of Peak 5354. Pat had spotted this on the List of Johns and we decided to hike it. It was a short hike first southeast to the ridge, then south to the rocky summit. We did find a BM on the summit of this one.
Next was Peak 5352. We drove back to the junction with La Contenta and parked. We hiked east to the ridge, then followed the ridge south east to the summit. The summit was a flat plateau and a number of little bumps on it. We picked the highest one for the summit. We found a stake with wire around it laying on the ground next to the summit.
The last on our list was Nolina. We continued back on La Contenta to a road that leads to the summit. There are antennas on the summit that are easy to spot. We drove a short distance to a locked gate. From
there we crossed country first east then north to a point where we crossed the road. From there we followed the road to the summit. The actual summit is on a bump behind the antennas.
Overall, it was a great day of hiking. The only downside was we were hiking in a light rain almost all day. A little rain can’t stop true peakbaggers.
8:10 am Depart. 5400’
8:20 am Eureka Peak East (5530)
8:35 am Eureka Peak (5516)
8:50 am Peak 5418
9:45 am Peak 5286
10:05 am Peak 5240
11:40 am Car. 5 miles round trip, 1764’ gain, 3 hours, 30 minutes.
12:00 pm Depart. 4900’
12:40 pm Peak 5340
1:15 pm Car. 1.6 miles round trip, 500’ gain, 1 hour, 15 minutes.
1:30 pm Depart. 4750’
2:10 pm Peak 5352
2:45 pm Car. 1.8 miles round trip, 600’ gain, 1 hour, 35 minutes.
3:05 pm Depart. 4245’
3:50 pm Nolina 4920’
4:35 pm Car. 2.5 miles round trip, 700’ gain, 1 hour, 30 minutes.
Total for the day: 10.9 miles round trip, 3564’ gain, 7 hours, 50 minutes.
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