Take a strenuous, Class 2 trail up to a mountain peak with views across the Racetrack.
|Total Distance: 4.6 miles out & back||Elevation Gain: 2,617ft. (3,708ft. to 5,666ft.)|
|Difficulty: Strenuous||0-5 Mile Difficulty: Extremely Strenuous|
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|Pets: No||Horses: No|
|Best Seasons: November-April||Special Permits: None|
|Water Availability: None||Overnight Options: None|
|Trailhead Amenities: None||Crowd Factor: Solitude|
|Trailhead Access: 1.9|
Mile-by-Mile: Ubehebe Peak
1.8 Little Ubehebe Saddle (5,399ft.). Continue to follow the trail south along the right (west) side of the ridgeline. The ridge is narrow and rough with plenty of Class 2 (and at least one Class 3) scrambles. It is sometimes difficult to follow, so if you lose your way, stay fairly close to the ridgeline on the Saline Valley (west) side of the ridge. Don’t try this on a windy day, as the exposure could be dangerous with a lot of wind. The trail descends before rising up Ubehebe Peak. (36.696231°, -117.585868°)
2.3 Ubehebe Peak (5,664ft.). Enjoy spectacular views over the Last Chance Range (in which Ubehebe Peak resides), Saline Valley and the Inyo Mountains to the west, and the Racetrack and the Cottonwood Mountains to the east. There is a benchmark on the summit. (36.690993°, -117.586048°)
History & More
The scramble from Little Ubehebe Peak to Ubehebe Peak is more difficult than the scramble up to Little Ubehebe Peak. So if you decide it’s more than you want to do, don’t feel like you’ve failed yourself somehow!
It’s hard to say exactly how Ubehebe Peak received its name. Some say that the word means “big basket” in the Paiute language, but no one is quite sure why the peak would be named after a basket.
The area was heavily prospected in the early 1900s. Be wary of possible mine shafts and drill holes and enjoy the historic junk that was left behind by the miners.
The great views are the reason most people hike Ubehebe Peak. Despite the path being mostly a social trail, it’s fairly well-trodden.
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It is extremely dangerous to enter a mine due to unstable shafts, gasses, and more. Do not enter mines, even if they are apparently open!
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Toxic chemicals or ore may be present around mine sites. Enter at your own risk.
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