Cima Road to Teutonia Peak Professional Review and Guide
"This memorable short hike, one of the most popular in Mojave National Preserve, leads to a rockbound vista point high on the flanks of Cima Dome, the eroded remnants of an ancient mountain range. This very scenic hike passes through the fringes of the most extensive and luxuriant Joshua tree forest on earth en route to the craggy prominence of Teutonia Peak,the high point of unique Cima Dome. Hikers will be delighted by the abundance of spring-blooming shrubs and wildflowers and will enjoy expansive vistas of much of the east Mojave Desert. Cima Dome is now protected as wilderness in the Mojave National Preserve, making the area a fine choice for a short desert backpack—but only if you pack in plenty of water and employ zero-impact practices to the fullest. With so many volcanic landforms in the California desert, Cima Dome may at first glance appear to be just another volcanic cone, but it isn’t. Encompassing 75 square miles, Cima Dome is an ancient mountain range in the advanced stages of old age.Erosion of this range has completely enshrouded it in its own detritus, forming a remarkably symmetrical, broad sloping alluvial surface known to geologists as a pediment.Teutonia Peak and a few residual crags forming a northwest-trending ridge along the eastern margin of the dome are all that remain of the prominent mountain range that once stood here. Carry an ample water supply for this hike; if you enjoy desert wildflowers, a good wildflower book will aid in identifying the diverse flora."