By: Paul Nelson
This is the best trip I have ever lead, only 3 hikers and the leader; Shirley and Dick Akawie and Dick Banner, all good strong hikers, no worry about them getting lost or falling behind. We left the cars about 2 miles short of Skidoo. Right off we found an old miners trail to take us down into the first of 3 valleys we had to cross. About half way to the peak we picked up 4 stray jeepers who wanted to climb the peak. Well anyway, because they were desert peakers, we could not say no. Al Campbell had driven in on a miners 4 wheel drive road to the last valley before you start up for Tucki. He had Lu, Jon and Bernie Petitjean with him. The eight of us reached the peak at 12:30 on a fine clear day, just a cool breeze on top which is great for so early in the year.
The original 4 were back at the cars at 4:00 PM. No one lame or lost. Although this is a long hike, especially in gain, the going is very easy for a desert peak. I would repeat this climb again.
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