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gimpilatorAwesome Dunes!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 12, 2015


We heard the singing sands! Out of this world strange. At first I thought it was an airplane flying overhead.

I spent 3 days hiking with Heather and then she went off to do 100+ miles on the PCT. I then spent 4 days bagging peaks solo. Kingston, East Ord, Cady, Chemehuevi, Mastodon, and Eagle (J-Tree).
Posted Feb 18, 2015 6:32 pm

Bob BurdSW Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 13, 2012

Bob Burd

Great fun exploring around the dunes at dusk. With Providence BM earlier in the day. Trip Report.
Posted Nov 21, 2012 7:22 pm

tllwebb4Straight up  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 10, 2012


Yeah, I went straight up the face of it, and that was not fun. But coming down sure was! Big falling steps with that weird honking sound as the feet sink into the sand.
Posted May 20, 2012 6:43 pm

labglovesThanksgiving  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 24, 2011


First stop on a four day trip around the Mojave National Preserve
Posted Dec 7, 2011 9:07 pm

Niels79104 degrees in the shade  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2009


But it was worth it!
Posted Jun 27, 2011 12:22 am

mrchad9Fun hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 29, 2008


on Thanksgiving weekend. Love the Mojave area.
Posted Jun 13, 2010 8:33 pm

DOZNsick wit it   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 13, 2009


Pretty cool place. went to the top of the dunes.
Posted Dec 15, 2009 11:57 pm

Alex WoodA First For Me  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 13, 2009

Alex Wood

This was my first time on real sand dunes. Quite a cool experience. We went up right after a nasty storm so that sand was very nice. The lighting was amazing and the views were also amazing!
Posted Dec 14, 2009 12:57 pm

sdhagerKelso Dunes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 27, 2009


Climbed with Jisun on the way to Zion.
Posted Dec 9, 2009 9:41 pm

colinrFamily Fun  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 17, 2009


My first hike in the Mojave National Preserve provided a great opportunity for my 17 month old to play around in and hike in the sand. Photo ops are great in this spot when the lighting is good. Despite much recent rain, I was able to create a bit of the booming noise on the steep backside (north side) of the highest dune. The trip back to the car can be very fast if you want it to be.
Posted Feb 26, 2009 2:16 am

surgentEnjoyable spring trip and hike  Sucess!


My wife and I had a fun scramble up and 'ski' down the dunes.
Posted Mar 23, 2007 6:48 pm

Tracyroute climbed: from camping area 4 miles from Kelbaker Road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 10, 2007


I hiked this one with Rex Hardy, Les & Kirk Rekve, Steve & Tyrel Stembridge, Ed & Cody Seastrunk, and Adam Thomas. We had just done Teutonia Peak the day before (along with Mitchell Caverns and Hole in the Wall). The "booming" sound the dunes make is cool. Mojave Nat. Preserve is a fun area.
Posted Feb 11, 2007 12:23 am

Bob SihlerKelso Dunes  Sucess!

Bob Sihler

Fun hike and remote area. Did it again in 2002.
Posted Oct 17, 2006 12:07 am

banjobonchKelso Dunes  Sucess!


Stopped here for a lunch break on one of hundreds of four wheeling trips in the past 23 years of enjoying this area of the Mojave. My cousin and I both went to the top of the highest dune.
Posted Apr 26, 2006 12:01 am

tarolMade it to the top!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 19, 2006


My friend Jeffry and I climbed to the top of the tallest Kelso Dune on the afternoon of Sunday February 19, 2006. The weather was great, partly to mostly cloudy and cool. I would not attempt to climb the dunes when it was warm or hot outside, it's hard enough to do when it's cool! At times the going was very slow and tough - the steepest section we hiked up was probably at a 70* angle! But the views from the top are worth the climb. On the way down we were able to create the "booming" noise and that was so cool. Not only do you hear the low resonant noise, you feel it vibrating up through your legs! Simply awesome... Unlike anything else I've ever experienced!

Bring a windbreaker and lots of water and be prepared for having sand in every conceiveable nook and cranny after the climb...
Posted Feb 23, 2006 6:51 pm

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