Su Casa BM P500
Peak 4,477ft P300
Peak 4,220ft P300
Peak 4,348ft P300
Red Hill P300

Sun, Jan 27, 2019

With: Iris Ma

Red Hill
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Today was an easy day tagging summits found off Camp Rock Rd, a well-maintained dirt road that runs from Daggett in the north along Interstate 40 to Lucerne Valley far to the south along SR247. The southern portion of this road is paved, but the stretch we would travel through the Ord and Newberry Mtns was all dirt and gravel. None of the peaks were very difficult, most short outings that would take less than an hour. We left Iris' car under the powerlines where we'd spent the night and used the jeep to get us around for the day.

Su Casa BM

This was the most prominent of the day's peaks and the easiest, thanks to a road that goes nearly to the summit. From where we'd camped, we headed WSW along the powerline road for 2.5mi before turning left onto a decent track. This road goes straight for several miles before becoming steeper and rougher, but reaching nearly to the summit on its northwest side. The walk to the top from where we parked took less than five minutes. Mark Adrian had left a register here a year earlier inside the large-ish cairn we found there. There was far more driving on this one than actual walking, with views stretching for many miles, Mt. Baldy visible far to the southwest.

Peak 4,477ft

After returning to Camp Rock Rd, we drove south for some miles. Our first stop was Peak 4,477ft, the northernmost summit in the Ord Mtns. Using Ord Mtn Rd, we got within about 3/4mi on the east side of the peak and went up the SE Ridge, taking half an hour. We left a register before retreating back via the same route.

Peak 4,220ft

Found 4.5mi further east, this is the westernmost summit in the Rodman Mtns. A pipeline road to the north in Kane Wash can be used to access the NW Ridge, making for a roundtrip hike of just over 2mi. A new pipel was being laid during our visit, but there was no work going on at the moment as it was Sunday. We found what I thought was a Smatko register, but turned out to be much newer, from 2008, left by Andy's pals Frank Yates and Ray Nelson. It was good to see them carrying on the tradition. On our way back we caught sight of a trio of desert cattle. Iris showed as much excitement upon seeing them as she would have had they been bighorn or other native species. There didn't seem to be a whole lot for them to eat out here but they didn't seem to be distressed in the least, except maybe a little concerned about our presence. We let them be and continued back to the jeep.

Peak 4,348ft

Our next peak was another 3.5mi to the southeast, just south of Camp Rock Rd, a standalone summit sandwiched between the Ord, Rodman and Fry Mountains. A spur road got us within half a mile of Peak 4,348ft on the NNW side. It took us all of 15min to find our way to the easy summit.

Red Hill

This last one was another 6.5mi further southeast in the Fry Mountains and the only officially named summit of the day. I had been to the Fry Mtns to climb the range HP with Karl three years earlier, but we'd neglected this one. Since then, I found that Gordon and Barbara had been to it which renewed my interest in visiting the range. We had to drive more than six miles off Camp Rock Rd on sandy, whoop-dee-doo roads (yes, that's an actual off-road term) that were a bit slow-going. Our efforts got us within 3/4mi on the NE side of the peak. As we were starting out, we found ourselves crossing a desert motorcycle race course, with one racer going by every minute or so. From the summit we could see that there was an aid station for the race on the desert floor to the southeast. We found the expected register, though John Vitz had beaten the dynamic duo to the summit by some 13yrs. There was only one other entry and we managed to squeeze our own onto the same first page. Finishing up shortly before 2p, we still had almost an hour of driving to get back to Iris' car and then the long drive home to end the road trip...


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