Total Distance: 17 miles (8 for Chemehuevi; 9 for Stepladder)
Total Elevation Gain: 3200' (2000' for Chemehuevi; 1200' for Stepladder)
Altitude: 1700' - 3694'
Terrain Description: Off-trail, class 2-3
Approximate Hiking Time: 8-10 hours (4-5 hours for Chemehuevi; 4-5 hours for Stepladder)
This is a day hike to summit two peaks on the the Sierra Club DPS (Desert Peak Section) list. This will be a strenuous day! These peaks are located fairly close to each other just south of Needles, CA. It will be about a 2.5 hour drive to the trailhead for Chemehuevi (our first peak). There will be quite a bit of driving on dirt roads (especially for Stepladder), so we will need high-clearance 4WD vehicles.
Expect a full day (dawn to dusk) of hiking. Since the days will be short, we will be on a firm schedule so we can fit both peaks in before dusk. I will drive there very early Saturday morning. It is about a 2.5 hour drive to get there, so to start hiking by 6, I will be leaving around 3:30 am! Camping at the trailhead is an option for those who don't like the super early drive. We will coordinate as the date approaches.
We will meet at the trailhead for Chemehuevi at 6:00 am, and make the moderate hike to the summit. Supposedly there is some unfriendly desert vegetation (catclaw, cholla, etc.) en route, so be prepared! Then we will make the 20-mile drive on dirt roads over to the base of Stepladder. This hike will be across the desert, then up a wash to a class 3 summit block. Sunset will be around 4:30 pm, so we will try to make it back to the vehicles by 5:00, but bring headlamps, just in case. Then we will drive home, probably stopping for dinner on the way.
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