Ascent of Mine Peak on 2016-11-26
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Saturday, November 26, 2016|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||1850 ft / 563 m|
Ascent Trip ReportTurnoff for this hike is off Sweeney Pass Rd at GPS coordinates 32.813460, -116.141452. There is a small sign labeled "West Dolomite Mine Trail." You will initially drive 0.7 miles along this dirt road until you get to a T-junction. This initial 0.7 miles is easy driving, even for a passenger car. At the T-junction you will turn left. After about another 0.3 miles you will find yourself in a wash. Passenger cars might be advised to park here. SUVs can go further, and I parked at 32.820708, -116.134651 using a FWD crossover. Beyond this point there was a small hill with undulated road toward the top that caused slipping/wheel spin in my vehicle. Rather than making a big effort to get up the hill I just backed down and parked in an area off the road. From here, I hiked up the road, and I'd estimate that anyone with a decent SUV could get to 32.824981, -116.136145, and by my estimation pretty much the furthest point for a 4x4 would be 32.825997, -116.133913, as the road is just a mess beyond this point.
At the mine, staying to the right (East) keeps you on the road, which will wrap you around up above the mine, to about 32.826890, -116.135555. When I came down, I came down a scree-ridden slope to the West of the mine. I did not really enjoy coming down that way, and I wouldn't think going up this route would be all that enjoyable either. I downloaded a couple of GPS tracks from Peakbagger users to help find my way up, but really all I can say about getting to the summit is to keep working your way up, up, up the mountain, using the Peakbagger tracks as a guide, and to determine your position in relation to the summit. Overall, making your way up the mountain is a bit "slow and go" because of loose rock in several places. Once at the peak it got extremely windy and I had to be careful while taking pictures to keep my balance. Overall, I enjoyed the feeling of being in the middle of absolutely nowhere, with no telephone poles, cell phone towers, power lines, etc. Then again I wasn't completely cut off from civilization, as I received a text from Verizon while on the hike that said, "Welcome to Mexico." That was a bit odd given I wasn't particularly close to Mexico. Maybe the tower was in Mexico, who knows.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||729 ft / 222 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||721 ft / 219 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||2.3 mi / 3.6 km|
| Gain on way in:||729 ft / 222 m|
| Distance:||1.2 mi / 2 km|
| Start Trailhead:||1121 ft / 341 m|
| Loss on way out:||721 ft / 219 m|
| Distance:||1 mi / 1.6 km|
| End Trailhead:||1129 ft / 344 m|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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Peaks: climbed and unclimbed by Brent Mausbach
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