Ascent of Pinyon Mountain on 2018-02-22

Climber: Jim Conant

Date:Thursday, February 22, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pinyon Mountain
    Elevation:4492 ft / 1369 m

Ascent Trip Report

I set out to follow Jerry Schad's loop described in his Afoot and Afield book, starting from Pinyon Wash about 1.5 miles south of mile marker 81 on CR78. I accidentally blundered into Nolina Canyon instead of Bighorn Canyon, so I had to backtrack. I was aiming for Big Spring, which Schad says has a water collection system for local wildlife. Despite finding geographic clues that I was in the right area, I didn't find it. Then I ascended the ridge to Pinyon. Conditions were cold and windy. There was snow visible on Whale Peak to my south. Returned via the jeep road and Pinyon Canyon. There were some interesting dry falls, but nothing challenging. When I got back to my car, I got stuck in the sand trying to get back onto the road. The sand I parked on was fine, but there was a patch between the road and my car that my tire sank into. The tow company couldn't get me til the next day so I camped by my car. Despite my errors in route finding, the whole trip took almost exactly 10 hours, as Schad had estimated.
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    Weather:Cool, Very Windy, Partly Cloudy
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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