DPS C on a VERY windy day Date Climbed: Dec 9, 2013
Cold all the way. For Palen: Winds near 50 mph on summit made the footing seems a little iffy at times. DPS C is beautiful; but the catclaws are everywhere. Started about 2 miles below the 2wd parking. For Granite #2: Winds a bit milder.
Not the most exciting hike ever, but expansive views from the summit, especially for a peak that's only 4,331 feet. We had planned on doing Palen in the afternoon, but our group was moving a little too slowly. Decided to make it an early day and head home instead.
Yup- definitely need 4x4 for this one... with a Tacoma managed to make it over Palen Pass from the west and start at Packard Well. Was a great hike with perfect conditions. Dennis is right about dragging rear bumpers, managed to bend up the electrical plug for my trailer hitch- guess I'll have to buy that boat another day...
Dennis's maps are also useful. Heading up the ridge is likely the best way to go.
Adventure stuck in the desert - 4WD MANDATORY! Date Climbed: Jan 10, 2010
Attempted to "try out" the sandy road to Granite's base in my 2wd and got stuck 2.5 miles down it. Took me almost 48 hours to get myself out (with the help of a friend who drove out from San Diego) and back to civilization. Very surreal experience, and extremely humbling, being out in the middle of nowhere, but glad I eventually escaped!
DO NOT DO THIS ROAD WITHOUT A 4WD! Earlier warnings are correct, and you will CERTAINLY get stuck if you go down it in a normal car! Hopefully nobody else will undergo the same fate as mine.....