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.
After starting the hike one of the first things I came across was this rusted axle. Maybe an old mining car? Who knows.
The trail up is pretty easy to follow. Eventually it turns right and heads up the ridge.
Gaining some elevation now.
Then at the top: Silver Peak. It is about 2Km high (~6000 ft).
The register was inside this can.
I was the first one to climb up here since May 26th. Just about 1/2 a year.
Some other pics on the way down:
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.
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.
I used this hated Lakers jersey to start my fire.
As night fell I put on my soup.
It was fully dark by about 530pm.
trying to keep warm
Eventually, the coyote howls subsided and I fell asleep. Dawn then came around 530am… the best part of camping in the desert.
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…
Took this last pic of the Comanche Trail as I turned around and headed home.