Edgar Peak is the highest point in the Providence Mountains. These rugged desert mountains are located in the Providence Mountains State Recreation Area and the Mojave National Preserve. Edgar Peak is a classic Mojave Desert peak. The steep, rugged slopes of the mountain stand far above the desert plains, and it's summit provides dramatic views of the surrounding desert. Other high peaks in the range include the nearby Fountain and Mitchell Peaks.
With an elevation of 7,162', Edgar Peak ranks way down on the California elevation list. But the new field of Prominence has made Edgar Peak a more important mountain. With a prominence of 2,208', it's just big enough to make an appearance on the California Prominence Map.
From Interstate 40, take Exit 100. Drive 15 miles north on the paved Essex Road to the Providence Mountains State Recreation Area.
Contact the Providence Mountains State Recreation Area at 760-928-2586 for the latest information.
Topo Map: Fountain Peak.
There is a good developed campground with six sites located within the recreation area. As of 2005, the camping fee is $12 per night.
I spoke with a ranger at the Kelso visitor's center, and she said not only closed, but one could get cited if found within the boundaries of the park. What??? (So I climbed Mitchell instead). However, she said there was talk about opening the park on a limited basis this fall some time.