exploratory day hike to desert peak in the newfoundland range

This is an attempt at repeating John Hamann's Desert Peak hike that was postponed on Sunday April 26, due to an insufficient number of 4WD vehicles. We will try to hike up to Desert Peak via the Southwest Ridge route. (Link below). The Newfoundland Range is a VERY remote area out in the West Desert. Expect about 3 hours of driving from SLC to reach the start of the hike. I am planning on a at least a 12 hour total trip time when we return to SLC. We will be able to see the UP railroad that crosses the Great Salt Lake at Lakeside as well as the 1987 pumping station. A minimum of two high clearance 4-wheel drive vehicles are needed for safety. (I will provide one of the two). I may wish to start the hike at Waypoint 001 as shown in the link. That will add a little bit of extra hiking mileage, but also allow us to see the old mine ruins. The hike will involve some class 2 scrambling. ** THIS ACTIVITY IS SUBJECT TO CANCELLATION IF THERE ARE AN INSUFFICENT NUMBER OF 4WD VEHICLES OR IF THE WEATHER SUGGESTS THAT THE ROADS WILL BE WET AND MUDDY ** Please e-mail me before Noon on Friday May 1 if you are interested, if you have a 4WD vehicle, and if you can drive. I can hold 4 additional people in my 4WD vehicle. I will send out an e-mail Friday night with the meeting time (most likely 7 AM) and location.

Level:MSD-
Miles:6.0
Vertical:2700'
Route:Out & Back
Pace:Moderate
Organizer:Stanley Chiang
Phone:385-242-8726
Date:Sat May 2 2015
Meeting Place:Registration required
Web Link:Newfoundland Mtns Desert Peak Southwest Ridge Route

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