From Ryan mountain with my brother
This was part of a month long solo peakbagging trip in which I hiked every day, and got 70 peaks in 30 days. Quail is the most boring mountain I have done in Joshua Tree and one of my least favorites from this trip.
For numerous photos and brief route descriptions see the trip report.
Penelope Smrz and I hiked up the Quail Mountain from Ryan Campground. A wonderful hike on our day off from climbing at J Tree. 16 miles RT. Good hike, beautiful wintery day.
parts of the trail are missing, but whatever... bushwhacking wasn't too bad... :)
Been wanting to get this national park highpoint for a while, but didn't get around to it until now. Took a day trip to Joshua Tree and hit Quail first. Enjoyed the long walk through the desert, then a short steep scramble to the top. Good views of Jacinto and Gorgonio, as well as the surrounding area. Continued to Queen after completing the Quail hike.
2010 - solo, from Upper Covington Flats as a dayhike. Bagged a couple other nearby peaks. Got snowed on all day, in late April. My first time ever to So Cal and I get snowed on... how does that happen?
Hiked from Ryan Campground via the California Riding and Hiking Trail, headed cross country for the peak just past mile marker 23. Wasn't sure which peak was the summit but guessed the one on the right so went up the gully for awhile and then onto the ridge, where I finally found a very faint use path. Found the summit register can but no register inside. Also went and checked out the NW peak and that was lower, then went over to the W peak to make sure that was lower and from there saw the trail coming up the wash. Went down to the start of the old jeep trail in the wash, took that to the CRHT which was about 5 minutes west of where I had left it on the way up. A little longer but easier hiking. Distance down includes hiking around on top.
Long walk across the flat desert, but nice views from the top.
Hiked from Juniper Flats and then up the ridge - amazing views and great weather.
Hiked to Quail Mountain from Juniper Flats and ascended the south ridge. The weather was nice thanks to a cold front where temperatures would usually be hot during this time.
Camped in Juniper Flats and cross countried our way up the peak from there. Awesome day!
Nice hike with Erin, Scott, and Jon on a hiking, scrambling, and rock climbing long weekend.
Nice long hike in open country. Great views.
Hiked up directly from Quail Springs picnic area. Gorgeous
intermittently windy and cloudy day made for an interesting time...
Overnight backpack trip from Upper Covington Flats. Slept in the saddle south of the peak. Saw one bighorn, two deer, and heard coyotes at night. Nice hike with great views!
Hauled the snowboard for 5 miles to get 5 turns in but it was worth it!
Big loop from the Boy Scout parking lot
Pics here: http://www.fedak.net/albums/MtQuail2.html
Parked near the rock outcrop as described on SP. We kind of lost the wash a bit on the way in and took a shortcut over a hill and met back up with the wash. Once we climbed out of the canyon, it looks like the peak is right there but it's still a long haul. Fun day nonetheless with great views of Jacinto and San Gorgonio.
Climbed it (or should I say 'hiked it?') on Friday the 13th by the Johnny Lang Route, following the scant directions in Zdon's "Desert Summits". Spectacular day, great views all around. Only two other parties had hiked it so far this year. Great diversion from the hustle-and-bustle of JTNP's more common rock climbing activities.