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West Route

West Route

West Route

Page Type: Route

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 35.26300°N / 120.871°W

Object Title: West Route

Route Type: Scramble

Time Required: Less than two hours

Difficulty: A little scrambling and bushwacking required

Route Quality: 
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Page By: tarol

Created/Edited: Jan 6, 2006 / Jan 6, 2006

Object ID: 168150

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We started the approach a few hundred yards southeast of the Deer Flat Walk-in campsite where we found what appeared to be an old road bed heading east.

Route Description

My friend Brett and I wanted to climb Valencia Peak but had a little trouble finding the Rattlesnake Flat Trailhead. So we started a few hundred yards southeast of the Deer Flat Walk-in campsite and basically just headed east, cross-country, in a more or less direct line for the peak. We encountered some thick brush and lots of loose rock on steep slopes. There is also some poison oak along the way so be careful! It took us just about two hours to get to the top. We decided to go the easy way down and took the trail towards Spooner's Cover.

Essential Gear

Long pants and gaiters recommended because of the poison oak. Hiking poles were helpful for securing footing on loose rock. It was windy on the summit so bring a windbreaker!


Heading on up the West...Brett headed down Valencia PeakThe western slope of Valencia...View from the summit looking...My friend Brett switchbacks...At the top, we made it!This is a picture of me and...