Corn Springs, Pilot Peak


By: Parker Severson


The first week end of the new year (January 1-2) brought out 32 people on the scheduled trip to Corn Springs in the Chuckwalla Mountains. We found the little palm oasis of Corn Springs had been ravaged by fire. Virtually nothing remained except the black charred trunks of the palms, countless rusty tin cans and the scorched earth. It was too unpleasant to camp under the tall palms owing to the dust and ashes, so we moved up to higher ground in the open. It looks like another fine desert camping spot has been permanently ruined.

Under the leadership of Bob Bear and Bob Schmelzer, 13 hiked to the top of Pilot Peak on Sunday, returning in a drenching rain which swept down from San Gorgonio Pass.

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