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McCullough Mountain via Pine Spring
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TL
Topo and GPS tracks for todays 9 mile 2500ft gain scramble out of the Pine Spring trailhead outside of Searchlight, NV.  

Took the western routes on the outbound leg, the eastern variants on the return.  All off-trail today.
BB
Topo and GPS tracks for todays 9 mile 2500ft gain scramble out of the Pine Spring trailhead outside of Searchlight, NV.

Took the western routes on the outbound leg, the eastern variants on the return. All off-trail today.



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02/05/2011 07:04 PM
TL
Getting to the trailhead was half of the challenge today.  Took Hwy 164 west from Searchlight to the (non-obvious) turnoff to Powerline Road.  

I had incorrectly assumed that Powerline Road would be easier traveling- instead it turned out to be a maze of power pylon service roads and dipped in and out of the various gullies as it headed NE.

A better route would have been to head north at the Wee Thump Joshua Tree Wilderness Area sign.  (This was the route I'd return on)
BB
Getting to the trailhead was half of the challenge today. Took Hwy 164 west from Searchlight to the (non-obvious) turnoff to Powerline Road.

I had incorrectly assumed that Powerline Road would be easier traveling- instead it turned out to be a maze of power pylon service roads and dipped in and out of the various gullies as it headed NE.

A better route would have been to head north at the Wee Thump Joshua Tree Wilderness Area sign. (This was the route I'd return on)
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02/05/2011 10:00 AM
TL
Continuing NE on Powerline Road, which true to its namesake followed underneath the powerline pylons.
BB
Continuing NE on Powerline Road, which true to its namesake followed underneath the powerline pylons.
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02/05/2011 10:03 AM
TL
The road soon headed into a Joshua Tree forest.  The forest was pretty impressive- rivaling that of Joshua Tree NP itself
BB
The road soon headed into a Joshua Tree forest. The forest was pretty impressive- rivaling that of Joshua Tree NP itself
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02/05/2011 10:05 AM
TL
Turned left off of Powerline towards Pine Spring.   The spur road traversed a ridge and then turned north and dipped down into a wash before reaching the spring.

The Outback did a decent job with the route.  Don't think I'd want to try it in a lower clearance 2wd- but it would probably be possible.
BB
Turned left off of Powerline towards Pine Spring. The spur road traversed a ridge and then turned north and dipped down into a wash before reaching the spring.

The Outback did a decent job with the route. Don't think I'd want to try it in a lower clearance 2wd- but it would probably be possible.
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02/05/2011 10:11 AM
TL
Pine Spring.  The spring itself was a bit further up the road but there was a pipe system drawing the water down to the horse trough.  The water in the trough was partially frozen.
BB
Pine Spring. The spring itself was a bit further up the road but there was a pipe system drawing the water down to the horse trough. The water in the trough was partially frozen.
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02/05/2011 10:43 AM
TL
There were 2 other cars parked at the spring.  The owner of this Geo was hiking in the vicinity of the spring.  A couple of hunters were setting out from a pickup a bit further up the road.
BB
There were 2 other cars parked at the spring. The owner of this Geo was hiking in the vicinity of the spring. A couple of hunters were setting out from a pickup a bit further up the road.
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02/05/2011 10:44 AM
TL
I headed north from the spring, which turned out to be a minor mistake and caused me to scale an unneeded ridge.  (Would have been better to head back down the road a short bit and head directly into the wash)
BB
I headed north from the spring, which turned out to be a minor mistake and caused me to scale an unneeded ridge. (Would have been better to head back down the road a short bit and head directly into the wash)
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02/05/2011 11:00 AM
TL
Up to the top of the first minor ridge and getting my first good look to the north.  No route looked obvious, so I just continued north down the opposite side of the ridge
BB
Up to the top of the first minor ridge and getting my first good look to the north. No route looked obvious, so I just continued north down the opposite side of the ridge
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02/05/2011 11:06 AM
   
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