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2 DAY TRIP: Spectre Peak and Eagle Mountain (exploratory)

  • Mar 7, 2014 · 7:00 PM

This is a weekend trip to summit a couple peaks in Joshua Tree National Park- Spectre Peak in the north and Eagle Mountain in the south.  Both summits have over 2000' of prominence and are on the Sierra Club's Desert Peaks Section list.  Near Spectre Peak are a couple of optional bonus peaks we may choose to attempt.

The plan is to depart Friday evening, camp at the Spectre trailhead, summit Spectre on Saturday, climb Eagle on Sunday, and return.  Given Eagle is a relatively easy hike (2200' of gain, 11 miles), I anticipate returning to Vegas sometime around 7 pm (post DST change).

Total Distance: 26 miles round trip
Total Elevation Gain: 5,500'
Altitude: 1,700' -5,350'
Terrain Description: All off trail, mostly class 1-2 with some class 3.  Bonus peak may involve class 4
Approximate Hiking Time: 18 hours

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  • Kevin

    Hey Eric- I may stay down in the area after, in which case I'll drive, if not I'll get in touch with you re: carpooling. Thanks for organizing.

    March 6, 2014

    • Eric K.

      I sent you an email, but if you didn't get it, please email me.

      March 7, 2014

    • Kevin

      Got it Eric- doing some planning now and will respond soon-

      March 7, 2014

  • Eric K.

    There's already about 12 hours of daylight, temperatures are supposed to be cool, and I have no problem bypassing Aqua and/or Dyadic if that will make the trip more enjoyable, so I'm not expecting this to be bad at all.

    March 4, 2014

    • Harlan S.

      I wasn't trying to make the route seem impossible... just putting it in perspective, and suggesting one try to avoid the heat of the day, The winds will be welcome.

      March 5, 2014

  • Ocean

    I would have joined you on these if they were in late March or in April.

    March 3, 2014

    • Eric K.

      I suspect these peaks would be hot by then.

      1 · March 3, 2014

  • Lorraine W.

    eric, is a hc vehicle needed for spectre? i know eagle is paved road accessible.

    March 3, 2014

    • Eric K.

      Paved road accessible! Angela has the Xterra, so I'll be using the Civic for this one.

      March 3, 2014

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