Zinc Hill


By: Campy Camphausen


The Saturday weather forecast was for a day-long break between storms. A call from Andy Zdon led to our climbing Zinc Hill in the northern Argus Range. He and his dad and I drove Panamint grade down to the back road to Darwln and took it to where the road makes its hairpin turn toward China Garden Spring. It was cloudy and we couldn't sec the mountain at all. We knew that we needed to 96 up a short canyon and then get onto the west slope of the peak. WE found the trail shown on the Darwin 15' topo and it went easily to the saddle to the north, and we were on the summit after 1.5 hours and 1900 feet of climbing. The clouds briefly parted to reveal some snowy summits in the northern Coso Range.

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