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I: Eagle Mountain #1 (5350 ft.)

Date: Saturday, May 3, 2014 to Sunday, May 4, 2014
Presented by: Angeles Chp Wilderness Training
Level: Moderate (I)
Location: Mastodon Mine, Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA

Join us for an enjoyable cross-country backpack trip into the Eagle Mountains of Joshua Tree National Park. 12-mile round-trip with 2400 ft. of gain. The Eagle Mountains are an appealing destination that mark the transition between Colorado Desert and higher-elevation Mojave Desert ecological zones. Desert saltbush, creosote bush and cholla cactus of the low-elevation Colorado Desert give way to uniquely beautiful Joshua Trees as we hike to the peak of Eagle Mountain #1. Saturday we will hike 3.5 miles off-trail to dry camp area, set up camp and then hike 4.2 miles round-trip to summit. Return to camp for happy hour and good conversation. Sunday morning will begin at a leisurely hour to break camp. On the return hike we will visit historic Mastodon Mine and Cottonwood Spring. Bring 10 essentials, all water, and a pleasant demeanor. Wilderness Travel Course, or similar experience & training, is encouraged. Send experience, current conditioning and contact information to Leader: Benjamin Bowes ( Assistant: Dwain Roque. Sponsored by WTC, 20s & 30s section.