Come Hike Red Mountain (5261'), a desert Peak.
This is a copy of a previous meetup from Nathan. Credit to Nathan for sections of the writeup.
Pack your cowboy hat and prepare to travel into the wild west. This class 2 desert hike is 6.5 miles RT with an elevation gain of 1750'. This is a Sierra Club HPS Peak and though the distance isn't great and the elevation gain is minimal we will be hiking cross country and on dirt roads.
Hiking Plan Red Mountain (5261')
We are parking at the junction of Trona Rd and Steamwells Rd. [masked], [masked]). We will hike due east off and on the dirt roads until we reach the major ridge. From there we will follow the ridge SSE to the summit [masked], [masked]) where we will relax and eat lunch. After enjoying the view and signing the register we will head back the way we came.
*There is NO water on this hike - plan accordingly*
If hikers are interested then they can stop and checkout the Ghost towns or any sites there of historical significance. Red Mountain, Johannesburg, and Randsburg are all close by the trailhead (links below).
Useful Links and Information
Sierra Club Information with maps
Summit Post Information
Red Mountain Ghost Town
It is important that we all understand the rating system that organizers use on their hikes. For my hikes I generally use something close to the Yosemite Decimal System. I have seen many different versions of this system, and many are adamant that their version is the right version and etc.. The best description I have seen of the five classes that seems to encompass the most general idea may be found at Climber.org under ‘Five Classes of Climbing Difficulty’ ( click here ).
*** WAIVER OF LIABILITY *** The Organizers, and members in this group are not professional leaders, guides, or mountaineers. The function of the member or organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who shows up for a trip/meetup (and their guest or guests) is responsible for his or her own safety. By attending a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you and any guests that you bring are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with the activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizers, Members of the Hiking Club from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities. YOU are responcible for YOU.