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Haiwee Ridge

 
Haiwee Ridge

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 36.15066°N / 117.91158°W

Object Title: Haiwee Ridge

County: Inyo

Activities: Hiking, Scrambling

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 5952 ft / 1814 m

 

Page By: Noondueler

Created/Edited: Dec 16, 2011 / Dec 23, 2011

Object ID: 765854

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Overview

 
Haiwee Reservoir and southeastern Sierra scarp
Haiwee Reservoir and Southern Sierra from Haiwee Ridge
Haiwee Ridge (aka Jurassic Peak) is the north/south ridge running just east the southern part of Haiwee Reservoir in the Coso Range east of the Southern Sierra about 10 miles south of the town of Olancha. This peak rises out of desert terrain high enough to support Joshua trees.
Haiwee Reservoir was once a meadow inhabited by pidgeons that the Piute Indians called "Haiwai" their word for "dove".

This is a fun half day class 2-3 scramble with outstanding views of the southern Sierra scarp especially Olancha Peak and also Haiwee Reservoir below.

Getting There

 
Road to the ridge
Road to Haiwee Ridge
From Olancha take Hwy. 395 south 2 miles and turn east on Cactus Flat Road.
The first 1.5 miles are paved the rest is dirt. Go 7.2 miles from Hwy 395 and take the right fork (main road) 2.4 miles to a smaller road going south. Turn right and go another 2.5 miles to a dirt track road heading west then south to the saddle (4,993') and park. Walk up .6 miles west to another saddle south of the ridge and hike a mile (with some scrambling) to the peak.
This is about 1,000' gain and less than 4 miles round trip.

2 wheel drive high clearance recomended but I found this last 2.5 mile section sketchy with sand in the high clearance van and decided to park about a mile back from the saddle and go straight up the steep east slope then south to the summit which was a fun route with 1,100 ' gain and less than 2 miles round trip.

Red Tape

 
Haiwee Ridge south view
Haiwee Ridge south
This is Bureau of Land Management territory and there are no posted restrictions.
Haiwee Reservoir itself has been closed to the public as of 2005.

Camping

 
Haiwee Ridge north view
Haiwee Ridge north
 
Haiwee Ridge east slope view south
Steep east slope
There are no campgrounds in the area but car camping shouldn't be a problem.

Current weather and 5 day forecast

Click here for the weather and forecast for Olancha

More on hiking desert peaks

Desert Summits by Andy Zdon is the book on hiking desert mountains in California and Southern Nevada

Images

Haiwee Reservoir and southeastern Sierra scarpScrambling at  the summit of Haiwee RidgeRoad to the ridgeJoshua tree and Haiwee RidgeJoshua tree and Haiwee Ridge from the northeastHaiwee Ridge east slope view southJoshua tree and Haiwee Ridge
Haiwee Ridge south viewHaiwee Ridge north view