Cave Mountain

May 1963

By: Andy Smatko


This peak is the imposing hump-backed mountain just south of U.S. Highway 91 between Barstow and Baker. It was climbed last December 8th while enroute to the scheduled "Old Dad" trip by John Lotts, Ellen Siegal, Tom Ross, and I. As distances on the desert are deceiving, the peak appears to be a short haul of less than an hour. Actually, the ascent takes about an hour and a half at a leisurely pace. We ascended via a moderately steep chute with a few easy 3rd class pitches. This gully is the furthermost west of the main gullies that scour the north flank of the peak. The view from the summit is well worth the climb, and we feel the peak should be considered for DPS status.

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