Pinto Mountain


By: John W. Robinson



17 desert enthusiasts met in the heart of Joshua Tree National Monument the first weekend of 1963. Included among the group were several newcomers to section activities.

Early Sunday morning the group caravaned under clear skies to vast Pinto Basin and the day's objective, Pinto Peak. Sixteen of the party completed the hike across the upper part of the basin, past stands of Cholla Ocotillo, and Barrel cacti, and up a steep, rocky ridge to the summit.

The view was superb. Observing the endless panorama of civilization-less desert basins and ranges, it was difficult to believe that California is now number one in population.

Those reaching the summit were Leaders John Robinson and Bob Greenawalt, Ron Jones, Phil Clayton, Norm Saraceno, Bill Clifton, Ernie Spiehler, Tom Amneus, Gordon MacLeod, John Lotts, Glen Warner, Bill Sanders, Frank Meyers, Helen Kilness, Monroe Levy, and Neko Colevins.

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