Teutonia Peak/Cima Dome Trail

Baker, California 92364

Teutonia Peak/Cima Dome Trail

Teutonia Peak/Cima Dome Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A short but steep round-trip on one of only two maintained trails in the Mojave National Preserve, within the Wilderness boundary, to a rocky point surrounded by an extensive Joshua tree forest. Don ’t attempt the difficult summit unless you are an experienced rock climber. Instead, spend some time exploring the endless nooks and pockets surrounding the peak. Teutonia Peak is actually an extensive complex of granite outcroppings, boulders and huge mounds of monzonite. Walk out on the fairly level ridge to the east to gain an excellent overall perspective of the peak complex and much of the preserve to the north and east. Stunted Joshua trees mix with juniper all the way to this lofty 5,640-foot level. The end-of-the-trail notch provides a magnificent view westward of Cima Dome, which gradually rises 1,500 feet above the surrounding desert to an elevation almost equal to that of Teutonia Peak. The dome is a huge 75-square-mile symmetrical hump of monzonite formed when a core of molten rock cooled and hardened deep beneath the surface of the earth. It has since been uncovered by millions of years of erosion resulting in the unusual landscape we see today. Cima Dome is adorned by one of the largest Joshua tree forests in the vast California desert. These trees are a different, more spindly variety than those found to the south in Joshua Tree National Park."

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Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire (Wilderness Press)
David & Jennifer Money Harris
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"Cima Dome appears unremarkable at first, but careful inspection reveals it to be an unusual formation: a nearly symmetrical hump of monzonite nearly 10 miles in diameter protruding from the desert floor. The igneous dome formed underground from an ancient upwelling of magma. The softer overlying rock eroded away, leaving the dome. Its size is best appreciated from a distance; there is a good view from Interstate 15 near the Cima Rd. exit. On its northeast flank, the rocky Teutonia Peak (5755´) breaks the symmetry, and is slightly taller than the center of the dome itself. This hike leads to the peak through one of the world’s largest Joshua tree forests." Read more
100 Classic Hikes in Southern California (The Mountaineers Books)
Allen Riedel
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"Teutonia Peak is not actually a summit, but rather a conglomeration of rocky crags on the northeastern edge of the titanic mound that is Cima Dome. The enormity of the dome is entirely obvious when the trail enters its upper reaches. For as far as the eye can see its rounded structure is apparent, as it spans over 75 square miles in total, making it one of the largest geologic domes on the planet." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
622 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 to 3 hours
October through June.
5,018 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,640 feet
Top Elevation
Mojave National Preserve
Local Contacts
USGS Cima Dome
Local Maps

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Dec 2018