Hike/Camp in Mojave

I haven’t been able to get out of LA (or any city for that matter) for several months so this weekend I decided to go camping/hiking in the desert.  As the roads in Death Valley are still out, I headed to Mojave.

My first task (after driving 3.5 hours) was to find and drive down the 2 mile dirt road leading to the Silver Peak parking area.   This particular dirt road was pretty tame compared to the ones I normally find myself on in Death Valley.  I didn’t even need 4wD.

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After starting the hike one of the first things I came across was this rusted axle.  Maybe an old mining car?  Who knows.

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The trail up is pretty easy to follow.  Eventually it turns right and heads up the ridge.

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Gaining some elevation now.

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Then at the top:  Silver Peak.  It is about 2Km high (~6000 ft).

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The register was inside this can.

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I was the first one to climb up here since May 26th.  Just about 1/2 a year.

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Some other pics on the way down:

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This old corral is near the base of the hike.  I guess there was some ranching that took place a long, long time ago here.

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The 9.6 mile hike took me about 6 hours.  I was pretty beat when I got back but wasted no time in setting up my camp.  For the first time I broke out my tent.

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I used this hated Lakers jersey to start my fire.

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As night fell I put on my soup.

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It was fully dark by about 530pm.

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trying to keep warm

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Eventually, the coyote howls subsided and I fell asleep.  Dawn then came around 530am… the best part of camping in the desert.

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I tried to do one more hike in the morning but after 2 miles I was pretty dead from the long hike up to Silver peak the day before and no breakfast…

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Took this last pic of the Comanche Trail as I turned around and headed home.

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One Response to Hike/Camp in Mojave

  1. Dii says:

    Just be careful… glad that you are back in one piece!

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