DAY HIKE: Mopah Point & Umpah Peak

  • 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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  • Harlan S.

    The description of the Mopah crux is an interesting insight into DPS ratings: "From here climb the crux move on this route, an 8 foot section of near vertical, awkwardly sloping 3rd class rock by diagonally up and right to a ledge which is followed for 30 feet to easy ground. A rope belay will probably be
    wanted by most climbers, particularly on the descent."

    A 3rd class section where most will want a rope... hmmm... but then again, DPS outings often get people over tricky sections with extensive belaying. Dave Daly, an accomplished and bold climber, called the crux class 4 when he wrote up the route for summitpost.

    January 21, 2014

    • Harlan S.

      The frictionslab is exfoliating, so that's not a good way. You can back up another dihedral (Ken does that in one pic from that trip); I think the best way is to grab the finger crack indicated in the same pic.

      January 21, 2014

    • Harlan S.

      January 21, 2014

  • Thomas S.

    Just got out. Sitting here in Needles having dinner wit Kyle, Joel and myself. Got both peaks, Mopah and Umpah. Umpah was just a pain in the ass. Alot of work for a non listed peak. With that said I had a GREAT time stomping thru the desert on a winter day. Great way to hang for the day.

    1 · January 18, 2014

    • Harlan S.

      Did you also tag Oompah-Loompah?

      2 · January 19, 2014

    • Jim M.

      He didn't, but I did!

      January 19, 2014

  • Joel B.

    Two challenging, but rewarding peaks. Lots of fun class 3-4!

    3 · January 19, 2014

    • Lorraine W.

      joel, i could tell you guys were having a good time!

      1 · January 19, 2014

  • Harlan S.

    So sorry Rich. It's been nearly 12 years for me, still causes a tear.

    1 · January 18, 2014

  • BMS914

    Hey, all. This is a fun set of hikes/climbs! Just a few ideas having done this around this time last year.

    From the wash, the Mopah looks ridiculous without full trad gear. Makes for cool photos. Route finding can be confusing, but circle around to the left/east side of the peak, then head up toward a big headwall. Near the headwall, an easy Class 3 climb leads to a shallow cave filled with poop, and a steep slot gully that heads toward a notch. The slot gully is all Class 2 but is very narrow and steep at the top, and filled with little rocks that if dislodged will hit party members following behind you. So if you brought a helmet, this is the spot to use it! CONTINUED...

    1 · January 16, 2014

    • Lorraine W.

      sounds good to me! let's talk schedules.

      January 18, 2014

    • Harlan S.

      No issues on 95 this last week. Just watch out for the nuts traveling for MLK holiday.

      January 18, 2014

  • Kevin

    Ugh group so sorry I flaked and didn't change my RSVP status - something very stupid came up (I'll message you Joel) - hope you are having a blast out there in the Mojave...

    January 18, 2014

  • Kyle W.

    Ugh.... another 2 AM wakeup for a hike :P

    1 · January 17, 2014

    • Thomas S.

      Yep. Another 2am trip. Sounds like a rough terrain trip. Doesn't sound like a nice, pleasant climb. But will be enjoyable to be out with the big cats.

      January 17, 2014

  • Joel B.

    Kevin, Justine, and Samia, I haven't heard from you guys. Are you still planning to join us?

    January 17, 2014

    • Jim M.

      Any word from the three?

      January 17, 2014

    • Joel B.

      Nope, except for Justine cancelling.

      January 17, 2014

  • Rich

    My mother passed away today in Utah so I will need to cancel.

    January 15, 2014

    • Eric K.

      Sorry to hear that Rich. My condolences.

      January 15, 2014

    • BMS914

      Oh crap, I am so sorry to hear that Rich! My sympathies brother.

      January 16, 2014

  • Jodie

    Sorry Joel...I am going to learn how to ski next weekend.

    January 10, 2014

    • Harlan S.

      You can do that on Mopah.

      2 · January 10, 2014

    • Jodie

      Umm Harlan...I got new ski pants in a bright cool red color and new ski jacket in a cool turquoise color!

      January 16, 2014

  • Kyle W.

    I currently do not own a harness. Will anyone be bringing one that I may use if needed?

    January 14, 2014

    • Harlan S.

      For me, 12' 15mm webbing and a carabiner for Munter works. 15' gives enough leeway for larger waists.

      January 14, 2014

    • Harlan S.

      If you plan to rap, you also need a large carabiner and atc (rap device) -- or just a large carabiner and properly-tied munter hitch. A handline will work for most--- no rap, no harness.

      1 · January 14, 2014

  • Eric K.

    I can't believe this, but I may need to cancel (yes, due to work)- I'll know for certain by late Monday. If I'm still in, I'll be leaving Friday evening and have 3 open seats.

    January 12, 2014

    • Eric K.

      It kills me to do this, but I need to drop out. :<

      January 13, 2014

    • Harlan S.

      Those damn jobs sure get in the way.

      January 13, 2014

  • Joel B.

    I just sent an email with details. Please let me know if you did not receive it. Samia, please contact me about your hiking experience if you still plan to go.

    January 12, 2014

  • Lorraine W.

    i'm opting out of this one, folks. breathing issues are slowing me down even more than usual.

    January 4, 2014

    • Joel B.

      Lorraine, with a big group, I doubt our pace will be too fast. Of course, it's up to you though. :)

      January 5, 2014

    • Lorraine W.

      joel, since i've already opted out, i couldn't in good conscience opt back back when there are others on the wait list. and i thank you for your encouragement!

      January 5, 2014

  • Jim M.

    We may be climbing Turtle or Whipple the day after (it's a 3 day weekend for me), if anyone is interested in staying over.

    December 9, 2013

    • Jim M.

      Thanks, Harlan. We're leaning towards Whipple.

      December 15, 2013

    • Jim M.

      Whipple is done, so now it's Turtle for the 2nd peak while in the area. We'll camp out near the TH for Turtle after the Mopah climb, and ascend on Sunday.

      December 28, 2013

  • Harlan S.

    There is decent primitive camping at the trailhead (as well as in the Turtle and Whipple areas). I find us-95 to be a little unnerving at night, with all the trucks slowing and speeding on the hills; but hey, I've never been on it at 4AM!

    December 10, 2013

    • Harlan S.

      Check caltrans before you go -- us-95 scheduled for maintenance work this winter. Monday I was treated to a 20-mile detour.

      December 10, 2013

    • Lorraine W.

      ick.

      December 10, 2013

  • Jim M.

    Wow! This filled up pretty fast!

    December 9, 2013

  • Jodie

    Dumb Mexico screwed up my data plan until I just got back so I did not get the alert for this. I think I am always a special exception. Hint hint...

    December 9, 2013

  • Lorraine W.

    joel, if you start leaving any earlier, YOU'LL be camping the night before!

    1 · December 9, 2013

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