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Eric had come from Albuquerque to join me for a week in the middle of my two week desert roadtrip along the CA/AZ border. We'd camped off the BLM's Sunset Trail west of US95, near where we planned to hike today in the Chemehuevi Mtns on the east side of the highway. In the afternoon I would do a few minor peaks by myself before meeting back up with Eric in Parker, AZ for dinner.
Starting around 7:10a, we followed a sandy wash for half an hour before turning sharply to the NE towards Peak 2,554ft, our nearest and first stop. We left the wash system to gain the peak's NW Ridge which we could easily follow to the summit, taking about 50min. We found no registers on the day's summits, and having forgotten to bring some, we left none of our own. The connecting ridgeline to Peak 2,987ft is not very direct and appears to have several difficulties along the way. Instead, we started down Peak 2,554's SE Ridge, past a short class 3 drop, then off the NE side to gain the wash system on that side. There was an abundance of cholla found in this drainage, one of several places on the day where we had to watch where we stepped very carefully. We followed this wash SE towards the 2nd peak, until the drainage got rocky and brushy and we started up onto the peak's NW Ridge, following it to the top. This leg took a bit over an hour. This was the highest of the day's peaks and the 4th highest in the range. We could just make out the Colorado River about 7mi to t he east. Our third summit was about a mile and a half to the southwest and would make the longest leg so far. Again, the connecting ridgeline was complex and inconvenient to get between the two. We started to the southwest along the ridge, then descended what turned out to be an unpleasant, rubbly gully for about 400ft before a sandy wash was reached. We went over a low ridgeline to shortcut into the adjacent Trampas Wash, then headed up Peak 2,790ft's NE Ridge, taking something over an hour and a half. From this last summit, we dropped west into a gully leading north and northwest to the wash system that we could follow back to the Jeep at the highway, about 2mi. It was 12:40p before we finished up, finding we'd been given warnings on our vehicles by the Highway Patrol for parking along the highway. I thought this odd since it's not an Interstate highway and nowhere did we see any Emergency Parking Only or No Parking signs. The biggest inconvenience was that the sticker made a mess of the plastic window when trying to remove it. Argh...
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