Kelso Dunes Climber's Log

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Ron Lebfrom

Ron Lebfrom - Jan 13, 2020 3:22 pm Date Climbed: Jan 9, 2020

Awesome Hike  Sucess!

Explored a mine in the morning. No one was on the second highest peak. The ridge looked incredible so I decided on the second highest peak. It was an incredible hike to the peak.
Video of hike:


MTfred19 - Feb 8, 2018 2:51 am Date Climbed: Jan 16, 2018

Kelso Dunes!  Sucess!

Love hiking the dunes! Pretty much my first sand dune experience. Awesome!


gimpilator - Feb 18, 2015 6:32 pm Date Climbed: Feb 12, 2015

Awesome Dunes!  Sucess!

We heard the singing sands! Out of this world strange. At first I thought it was an airplane flying overhead.

I spent 3 days hiking with Heather and then she went off to do 100+ miles on the PCT. I then spent 4 days bagging peaks solo. Kingston, East Ord, Cady, Chemehuevi, Mastodon, and Eagle (J-Tree).

Bob Burd

Bob Burd - Nov 21, 2012 7:22 pm Date Climbed: Nov 13, 2012

SW Ridge  Sucess!

Great fun exploring around the dunes at dusk. With Providence BM earlier in the day. Trip Report.


tllwebb4 - May 20, 2012 6:43 pm Date Climbed: May 10, 2012

Straight up  Sucess!

Yeah, I went straight up the face of it, and that was not fun. But coming down sure was! Big falling steps with that weird honking sound as the feet sink into the sand.


labgloves - Dec 7, 2011 9:07 pm Date Climbed: Nov 24, 2011

Thanksgiving  Sucess!

First stop on a four day trip around the Mojave National Preserve


Niels79 - Jun 27, 2011 12:22 am Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2009

104 degrees in the shade  Sucess!

But it was worth it!


mrchad9 - Jun 13, 2010 8:33 pm Date Climbed: Nov 29, 2008

Fun hike  Sucess!

on Thanksgiving weekend. Love the Mojave area.


DOZN - Dec 15, 2009 11:57 pm Date Climbed: Dec 13, 2009

sick wit it   Sucess!

Pretty cool place. went to the top of the dunes.

Alex Wood

Alex Wood - Dec 14, 2009 12:57 pm Date Climbed: Dec 13, 2009

A First For Me  Sucess!

This was my first time on real sand dunes. Quite a cool experience. We went up right after a nasty storm so that sand was very nice. The lighting was amazing and the views were also amazing!


sdhager - Dec 9, 2009 9:41 pm Date Climbed: Nov 27, 2009

Kelso Dunes  Sucess!

Climbed with Jisun on the way to Zion.


colinr - Feb 26, 2009 2:16 am Date Climbed: Feb 17, 2009

Family Fun  Sucess!

My first hike in the Mojave National Preserve provided a great opportunity for my 17 month old to play around in and hike in the sand. Photo ops are great in this spot when the lighting is good. Despite much recent rain, I was able to create a bit of the booming noise on the steep backside (north side) of the highest dune. The trip back to the car can be very fast if you want it to be.


surgent - Mar 23, 2007 6:48 pm

Enjoyable spring trip and hike  Sucess!

My wife and I had a fun scramble up and 'ski' down the dunes.


Tracy - Feb 11, 2007 12:23 am Date Climbed: Feb 10, 2007

route climbed: from camping area 4 miles from Kelbaker Road  Sucess!

I hiked this one with Rex Hardy, Les & Kirk Rekve, Steve & Tyrel Stembridge, Ed & Cody Seastrunk, and Adam Thomas. We had just done Teutonia Peak the day before (along with Mitchell Caverns and Hole in the Wall). The "booming" sound the dunes make is cool. Mojave Nat. Preserve is a fun area.

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Oct 17, 2006 12:07 am

Kelso Dunes  Sucess!

Fun hike and remote area. Did it again in 2002.


banjobonch - Apr 26, 2006 12:01 am

Kelso Dunes  Sucess!

Stopped here for a lunch break on one of hundreds of four wheeling trips in the past 23 years of enjoying this area of the Mojave. My cousin and I both went to the top of the highest dune.


tarol - Feb 23, 2006 6:51 pm Date Climbed: Feb 19, 2006

Made it to the top!  Sucess!

My friend Jeffry and I climbed to the top of the tallest Kelso Dune on the afternoon of Sunday February 19, 2006. The weather was great, partly to mostly cloudy and cool. I would not attempt to climb the dunes when it was warm or hot outside, it's hard enough to do when it's cool! At times the going was very slow and tough - the steepest section we hiked up was probably at a 70* angle! But the views from the top are worth the climb. On the way down we were able to create the "booming" noise and that was so cool. Not only do you hear the low resonant noise, you feel it vibrating up through your legs! Simply awesome... Unlike anything else I've ever experienced!

Bring a windbreaker and lots of water and be prepared for having sand in every conceiveable nook and cranny after the climb...

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