Edgar Peak Climber's Log

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minglefest - Apr 13, 2022 10:00 am Date Climbed: Apr 10, 2022

Edgar Peak  Sucess!

It took me three hours and fifteen minutes to reach the summit. Words can't express how wonderful the experience was. Starting from the visitor center/cave tour parking lot is the most efficient way to bag the peak. Access is only possible at the moment from 8 am to 5 pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. You only have a nine hour window to get up and down. Staff talked about the gate being locked and cave tours stopping for two months during the summer. Remember to pay your day use fee inside the visitor center in order to obtain a back country permit.


Candace66 - Apr 13, 2021 3:52 pm Date Climbed: Nov 15, 2020

Edgar Peak via DPS "A" route  Sucess!

Day hiked Edgar Peak between 8 AM and 5 PM and with a permit in accordance with the State Park rules. :)


gimpilator - May 6, 2018 9:16 am Date Climbed: Jan 27, 2018

Edgar and Mitchell  Sucess!

Also explored part of a cave but couldn't go further without rope.
trip report


jdmorehouse - Nov 30, 2015 3:58 pm Date Climbed: Nov 29, 2015

2nd Time  Sucess!

Up Edgar via a different route up, and yet another route down. Cold all day (water frozen in the a.m.), but fortunately little to no wind.


jdmorehouse - Jan 6, 2014 11:34 am Date Climbed: Jan 4, 2014

Long Day  Sucess!

I just climbed Edgar on January 4, 2014. The park is still closed and fenced off with barbed wire. I took a faint dirt road leading north from the road into the park until I hit a severely washed out section (it would turn out that old road was washed out in several places and hasn't been passable for quite awhile). I camped there and set out early on Saturday, following the fence line and heading generally for Gilroy Canyon. I found a section of fence that had been cut through some years ago with a clearly defined foot path leading into the park from the north for the purpose of grazing cattle on it (the Blair Brothers'?), so I went in and took a more direct line to the mouth of Gilroy. The DPS directions say to take the left fork of the canyon. This is a mistake, as it is full of brush, cactus, and cat's claw, and will lead to a nearly vertical channel full of rotten class 3 rock outcroppings. I found a much better way to descend, which lead me to the north fork of Gilroy, which was very easy to negotiate and had little of the spiny plants the south fork had. I did see that the park has a live in caretaker, but it seems the interest is in protecting the buildings, etc., at the headquarters.


seano - Feb 15, 2013 3:43 pm Date Climbed: Feb 15, 2013

Mitchell-Edgar-Fountain  Sucess!

Cactus plus snow plus loose scree made for a painful day. Also, note that the Providence SRA is closed (not just the caverns), and there's someone who will notice if you park right outside. He seemed cool with climbers -- I guess they're more worried about people poaching the cave.


cab - Jan 14, 2013 12:06 pm Date Climbed: Jan 12, 2013

From Mitchell Point  Sucess!

After Mitchell Point, Pat, Mark, and I traversed over to Edgar Peak. Going north to south made for easier routefinding since you climb up all of the small cliffs found, rather than having to downclimb them going the other way. We encountered a foot or more of snow on the north facing slopes which was very icy in the lower reaches where it had gotten above freezing at some point. Very cold day with highs in the 20s.


mhengst - Dec 23, 2010 1:27 pm Date Climbed: Dec 11, 2010

From the visitors center  Sucess!

Led a DPS group up and down via the visitors center route. Lots of cactus and some loose terrain but a nice peak once you're to the ridge.


DougHemken - Mar 24, 2009 5:01 pm Date Climbed: Mar 21, 2009

Splendid day  Sucess!

Traversed from Fountain. Saw two eagles, heard the canyon wrens, and almost stepped on a baby rattler. Still picking cactus spines out of my legs several days later.


cp0915 - Jan 3, 2006 1:24 pm

Route Climbed: traverse from Fountain Date Climbed: January 1, 2006  Sucess!

A great day out. Edgar is a nice peak, but Fountain is much better.

MoapaPk, show-off that he is, demonstrated some of his gymnastics abilities on the descent. I'll give him a "10" for surviving.


MoapaPk - Jan 2, 2006 8:22 pm

Route Climbed: came from Fountain Date Climbed: January 1, 2006  Sucess!

Climbed with cp and Rick. The route from Fountain was "interesting".

On the way down, I almost bought it when part of the gravel use trail collapsed under my right foot, spilling me sideways over a very steep gravel&rock chute. I had to push off and bounce several times before I could get my feet under me. I dug in my hands as if I were doing a self-arrest, which wasn't all too good for my hands. I hate and fear steep gravel with a passion.

It's those trivial stretches, where you least expect accidents, which can kill you. My mind was focussed for the class 4 stuff beforehand; but I was relaxed coming down the class 2 peak. Thank God I still have the backcountry ski instincts to get my feet under me at all costs.

Matthew Holliman

Matthew Holliman - Dec 20, 2005 11:30 am

Route Climbed: Traverse from Fountain Peak Date Climbed: Dec 10, 2005  Sucess!

Challenging route-finding from Fountain Peak. The area is highly scenic, but the incredible numbers of cacti found here do much to detract from the enjoyment of this.


Rob - Feb 27, 2005 9:09 pm Date Climbed: Feb 27, 2005

Fun  Sucess!

This is an excellent Peak, great views in all directions. Quite a difficult hike, there's no trail and lots of cacti.


streeyyr - Jan 4, 2005 11:10 am Date Climbed: Apr 15, 2002

Edgar Peak  Sucess!

A classic Mojave Desert peak.

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