Check out the North Ridge route! Hopefully you can bag it that way.
Tough climb, we went past the trail to the palm groves and turned to head up the ridge where the cairns are. Then we seem to hit a "trail" on top of the ridge but was stopped by an impassable pile of boulders with no go-around. Since we were carrying a heavy backpack, we gave up. Will give this a go another time.
First climbed in April of 2004, my first DPS peak before I even knew what the DPS was. Now I'm nearly done with the list a 2nd time. Cloud cover made this trip much nicer than my first!
Climbed the south ridge from the palm canyon, accessing it from higher up the canton via a side canyon -west side. Scrambling at the bottom, to heavy scrambling (cl4?), and then some rock climbing in the end up the final ridge. Quite exposed in some areas (minor cl5). Came back down through south-est face/canyon. Hard descent through heavy boulders. Good day, lots of work, 7 hrs.
Tough hike. I left blood on several cacti and yucca. I love this mountain.
I've tried to get up here so many times I can't believe I finally did it! Always logistics, not ability. What long scramble. Started heading up out of the riverbed a little early, followed mountain sheep. Came down the face looking at the parking lot. What's with all the burnt stuff up there? Would do again but I don't want to tempt fate.
Hard day! I'm out of shape.
I started out just hiking into the canyon, but looked up and thought, I could go there. So I did.
South Rib scramble
Awesome fun up! Kind of a beast on the way down, but worth it.
Started at 4:30am and got down at 11:15am. Plenty of wind and light rain up high. Be careful of the cactus. I drew blood a few times with a momentary lack of caution.
Late afternoon start with decent ascent speed until I hit the house sized boulders on top of the east peak. Descended directly off the southwest slope into Palm Canyon.
Started at Borrego Palm Canyon, went up Indianhead's South Ridge to the summit, then continued NW along the ridge to Palm Mesa (Pt. 4,660). Went down Palm Mesa's SW ridge back to Borrego Palm Canyon and followed that down to the car. Fun day with hvydrt.
Up the SE ridge and down the W ridge to Borrego Palm Canyon. Loved the SE ridge!
Climbed the peak via the supposed standard route. We climbed a ridge about 3 miles from the trailhead to Borrego Palm Canyon. Fantastic weather and views. Great sustained class 2 with some class 3 if you stay on the summit ridge.
Ascended next major ridge west of SE ridge (South Ridge?) that took me up directly to the chin of the Indian's head. At that point the 3rd class I had enjoyed here and there apparently turned into some extended 5th class work so I escaped East and scrambled the rest of my way to the south summit. I then walked over to the main summit, descended to the first major saddle to the west, and down south over steep slopes to the wash below, eventually hooking up with Palm Wash. Got dark on me about an hour from the car.
Hiked there and back via the Palm Canyon trail as described by Schad. The terrain at start of the steep climbing was very loose, otherwise not too bad. We took our sweet time and finished in 9hrs. Beautiful, breezy and cool for this late in spring. Saw bighorn sheep on our way out near the start of the campground trail.
SE ridge to false peak with m3talibkweli. Really cool trek, and a long ways down.
Hiked up southeast ridge with a couple of friends, up to the false peak where we watched the sunset. Broke out the flashlights for the downclimb. We took the southern chute.
Awesome mountain. Took longer than expected. Up the SE ridge (class 3), down what we think is the "normal" route into Palm Canyon. Climbed with Tom
x2 - Dec 5, 2010. Back for more!