January 18, 2014 · 6:30 AM
Total Distance: 12 miles
Total Elevation Gain: 3600'
Altitude: 1400' - 3553'
Terrain Description: Off-trail, class 3-4
Approximate Hiking Time: 9-10 hours
This is a day hike to summit two dramatic peaks in southeast CA, about 40 miles south of Needles, CA. Mopah Point is on the the Sierra Club DPS (Desert Peak Section) list. This will be quite a long day! These peaks are located about a mile apart. We will make a loop hike out of it, climbing Mopah first, then Umpah. It will be about a 2.5-3 hour drive to the trailhead. There will be about four miles of driving on fairly good dirt road, so we will need decent-clearance, but not not necessarily 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. I would like to start hiking by 6:30, so 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.
Both peaks will involve plentiful class 3 climbing, and there will be a short section of exposed class 4 on Mopah. Please do not sign up for this trip unless you are comfortable on exposed class 3-4 rock! We will have a short rope & webbing, but you may need a harness, helmet and a belay/rappel device. Also, since we will be pushing daylight hours, bring a headlamp, just in case. After the hike, we will drive home, probably stopping for dinner on the way.
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