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Old Woman Mountains Wilderness Trails Professional Review and Guide
"The Old Woman Mountains lie just south of the newly established Mojave National Preserve. Named for a granitic rock outcrop—Old Woman Statue (elevation, 5,000 feet)— that presumably resembles a woman, these mountains are among the more spectacular in the California desert. Although granite outcrops dominate the range, dolomite and limestone outcrops occur in the northeastern portion of the wilderness, as evidenced by 5,200-foot Carbonate Peak. The range of these rugged, fault-block mountains stretches 35 miles in a north-south direction and at times it is up to 28 miles wide. Such an expanse provides plenty of opportunity for solitude. Jagged peaks with numerous washes and some natural springs (don’t rely on these springs for water) make this an attractive place for extended backpacking trips."
--George Wuerthner, California's Wilderness Areas, The Complete Guide, Vol. 2: The Deserts (Westcliffe Publishers).
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