If you have high clearance drive up as far as you can/want. Find a good spot to pull out then just start hiking along the road.
Can you spot the big horn sheep?
Walking by old mine equipment. Desert Peak is just right up there. Seems so close!
Almost to the saddle.
And looking back down from where we hike up.
Now just follow the faint trail along the ridge. For the most part you can find footprints from other recent hikers or find tiny cairns.
This section has some light class 2 scrambling here. You only need to use your hands for balance – just be careful of the loose scree. Charlie needed one boost up this section otherwise he did it all himself.
Now, all you have to do is keep following the ridge to the peak.
Funny enough, there were a handful of these sticks marking the way but this was the last one.
Don’t forget to look back at the rest of the Newfoundlands! That white horizontal line in the distance is inversion. Yuck!
Whew, it gets pretty steep! The “trail” is very faint, but just try and look for old footprints. When in doubt, just keep straight and high on the ridge.
Getting closer, we hiked around these cool rocks.
Exploring a small ridge.
Charlie beat us to the top as usual!
Whoohoo! I’ve been wanting to summit Desert Peak for so long and I finally did it! Feeling pretty good here. Couldn’t have asked for better conditions.
Found two summit markers.
Felix & Charlie take in the views.
So much easier going down ha!
On the way back we drove home on along the Causeway. And while it was very pretty especially at sunset, it took much longer for me to get home. Always glad to see something at least once though!