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by Stewart Aitchison & Bruce Grubbs (Falcon Guides)
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If you like 4 wheeling you will like getting to the trailhead. From either way (kingman or Yucca) you will have about 20 miles of rough dirt road, definatly use 4 wheel drive.
Much of the trail is heavily overgrown, even the first 2 miles which is an old jeep road. Then when you leave the old jeep road at 2 miles and head up the side of the mountain on switchbacks it gets really thick. It is very difficult to see and follow the trail up the switchbacks because of the growth. In fact in some places the trail disapears into the bushes and you have to just push through to find the trail on the other side. A machete would have been usefull. Don't make my mistake, wear long pants. Maybe even a long sleave shirt.
Once up the switchbacks in the forest on the top of the mountain the trail disapears. There are lots of cairns you have to look for them because there is no well defined trail. This hike has a lot of elevation gain then loss, it's like a rollercoaster. I didn't get to the summitt, I finished about 50 vertical feet short. I'm sure I could have made it but it looked like a really tough scramble the rest of the way up the rockpile. Since I'm an inexperienced climber and I was by myself I ended my hike there.
Having said all that I did enjoy the hike. the trail obviously doesn't get much use, and this appealed to me. The views from the top are awesome, and I startled a group of javelina on the lower trail. Near the top I saw several raptors riding the thermals which I couldn't identify. Go on this hike.
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