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liliacarrillo0822Very different mountain
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2012

liliacarrillo0822

I was an interesting different experience, I had a feet injury so I just made it to the saddle there I had lunch and watch my friend climb to the summit, good times still...
Posted May 15, 2013 11:26 pm

apachedinoNortheast scramble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 23, 2013

apachedino

Decided to drive back from Coachella taking the scenic route. Vaugely remembered there being this cool short peak out here from my days of geeking out on Summitpost. Located it on the road map and made our way there. Hadn't consulted anything and so we just scrambled up the north east ridge until reaching a class 2 gully. Encountered some class 4 that was a little scetchy due to the crumbly nature of some of the rock, but what we were on held fine. Decided to descend a different route and almost made it down a gully before reaching a 20 foot flaring and very crumbly chimney that barred the way. Lost an hour there. The next gully worked out fine with a short chimney section. This turned into a nice little adventure and is a very beautiful and unique peak.

Side note: On the drive in I startled a pronghorn and he proceeded to run down the dirt road. I was going ~ 40 mph and he was pulling away! He refused to leave the road and I ended up following him for ~2 miles before reaching the saddle and start of the route. Feel a little bad for wearing him out, but it was so interesting, those suckers are fast!
Posted Apr 25, 2013 3:08 pm

vanman798Interesting Mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2012

vanman798

Wander up the drainage on the north side between the tuff and the treed sections. Took an hour to the saddle, then 20 minutes to the peak. Some class 4 scrambling involved.
Posted Sep 5, 2012 6:45 pm

idpeakgirlGeologically fabulous
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2005

idpeakgirl

My climbing partner pooped out, but I made it close to the top before feeling guilty for leaving him behind! Great mountain, and otherworldly feel.
Posted Jul 24, 2011 4:52 pm

KadeeTwice - 02/04/06 & 04/02/06  Sucess!

Kadee

I love this peak! This is a desert classic. The rock is very interesting and the scramble is very fun.
Posted Nov 18, 2008 4:27 pm

Scott WesemannA little spooky  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 29, 2008

Scott Wesemann

Climbed with Matthew Van Horn. We spent some time hiking around the East side, trying to find a route to the top. Eventually, we thought we saw a good route on the south side, so we headed up, but we soon got ourselves into some class 3 stuff and that ended up being horrifying, as the rock was brittle and I had a few holds break off in some precarious places. It definitely got my heart beating. On the way down we found an easier route that was class two the whole way. If you climb this peak, I would suggest backing off of anything that requires any sort of climbing, as the holds can’t be trusted. The route finding is also somewhat of a challenge. This is an incredibly unique peak with great views and it was over 70 degrees out there, while it was barely 50 in SLC. (For a trip report, please see the Notch Peak page, as I combined Notch and Crystal)
Posted Mar 31, 2008 12:15 pm

Matthew Van HornOtherworldly  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 29, 2008

Matthew Van Horn

Scott W and I drove down to Crystal Peak after camping in Ibex (we climbed Notch Peak the day before). We had some route finding problems and made the climb more difficult than necessary. The way down was much easier. Beauty of a mountain!
Posted Mar 29, 2008 9:18 pm

jtreeClose Call  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 29, 2007

jtree

My brother Mark and I scrambled to the top. The rock is friable and caution is advised. At one point my brother dislodged a couple of bowling ball sized rocks which narrowly missed me. This is a volcanic based rhyolite, but it is not like any other rhyolite I have climbed on. This little peak is quite unique in many ways and well worth a visit. One can also find many fossils (mostly shells, but my brother found a trilobite) in the talus and rocks located across the road directly to the north of Crystal Peak. We had the best luck looking approximately three to five hundred yards from the road.

DJR
Posted Apr 22, 2007 12:31 pm

Bob SihlerFound my own ways up and down  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 6, 2006

Bob Sihler

Made it between two thunderstorms; very fun, unique, and scenic
Posted Nov 1, 2006 4:20 am

mountaingazelleRoute Climbed: Many Date Climbed: April 30, 2006  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 30, 2006

mountaingazelle

This is one of the strangest mountains I have ever climbed. It is a small mountain but worth exploring because it is so unique. I felt like I was climbing up swiss cheese because the mountain is full of holes that make good handholds.
Posted May 2, 2006 2:50 am

ScottCool place.  Sucess!

Scott

Climbed a few times in the 1990's. Small, but very interesting peak. From afar, it looks like a snow covered peak in the middle of the hot desert, but its just the white rocks.
Posted Feb 7, 2006 8:49 pm

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