Total Distance: 15 miles
Total Elevation Gain: 5000'
Altitude: 3400' - 7162'
Terrain Description: Off-trail, class 2-3
Approximate Hiking Time: 11-14 hours
This is a day hike to summit two peaks in southeast CA on the Mojave National Preserve. Both peaks are the the Sierra Club DPS (Desert Peak Section) list, and Edgar has over 2000' feet of prominence. This will be a long day! These peaks are located about 2 miles apart. I have switched the order of peaks because there are a few of you that want to do Mitchell only. Those that wish to do that can just retrace their tracks down Mitchell, but for the others (the really crazy), we will make a loop hike out of it, following a jagged ridgeline over to Edgar, then descending down a canyon to finally rejoin our ascent route. In the interest of full disclosure, the steep, loose terrain and plentiful nasty desert plants will make this a difficult day! Most likely, you WILL have some cactus encounters. If you are not somewhat masochistic, you probably shouldn't sign up! :)
It will be about a 2.5-3 hour drive to the trailhead. There will be some driving on rough roads, so we will need decent-clearance, but not not necessarily 4WD vehicles.
Expect a full day (dawn to dusk) of hiking. We will be on a firm schedule so we can hopefully fit both peaks in before dusk. I plan to drive there very early Sunday morning. I would like to start hiking by no later than 6 am, so I will be leaving around 3 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.
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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To participate in this outing, you must be a current, paid member of LVMC. You can obtain a membership via this link: http://www.lvmc.org/w.... The fee is $40 per year for a family/roommates or $30 per year for an individual. Please contact your organizer if you have any questions.