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West Ridge from Panamint Valley
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West Ridge from Panamint Valley

 
West Ridge from Panamint Valley

Page Type: Route

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 36.43400°N / 117.355°W

Object Title: West Ridge from Panamint Valley

Route Type: Slog!

Time Required: Most of a day

Difficulty: Class 2

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Page By: granite4brains

Created/Edited: Mar 4, 2005 / Feb 14, 2006

Object ID: 164188

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Approach

For the Panamint Valley Ridge route, from Highway 190 in Panamint Valley, follow the graded road branching north from Highway 190, two miles east of the junction with Panamint Valley Road. Follow this road 5.7 miles to where the road curves towards the mts and head s toward the Big Four Mine. It's 4x4 road from here and be careful. When I was there last part of the road was wiped out from a flash flood, and it was easy to stray off the right path

Route Description

This is around a 4000 ft climb from near the Big Four Mine and about 6-7 miles. From the 2wd parking it's about 8 miles and 5000 ft of gain.

Head up the ridge that is just north and along side the Big Four Mine. The mt above you appears to be a convoluted mess of ridges, but once on the ridge above Big Four Mine, the route is clear from lack of options. It's a long slog to the top. Be careful not to confuse the summit of Peak 6580 with Panamint Butte. It's a more attractive summit, but it's 4 feet lower. But it does have a summit register and great views, so bag it while you're there!!

Essential Gear

Trekking poles and scree gaiters come in handy on this route. Other than that, just a camera to snap the views

Miscellaneous Info

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Panamint Butte Route