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Pleasant Canyon Road conditions?

Posted: Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:51 pm
by Candace_66
I asked this question over at Panamint Valley dot net, but haven't got an answer. So I'll try asking here!

What are the conditions on the Pleasant Canyon Road?

I'm wondering if it's possible to follow these driving directions: from Clair Camp, drive 2.5 miles to a Corral. Then bear right, and drive 1.3 miles to a fork. Bear left, and drive one mile to the 7000' level.

I drove to that spot several years ago, to hike Porter Peak. Does anyone know if it's still accessible?

Re: Pleasant Canyon Road conditions?

Posted: Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:38 pm
by TacoLand
Unfortunately I didn't hit Pleasant Canyon Road when I was down in D.V. at the beginning of the month, but I can offer the anecdotal (at best) info that going through Goler was challenging enough in a modified 4Runner, but I did not run into any areas that seemed like recent weather had made them worse than they usually are. Whether or not that means Pleasant Canyon one canyon north of where I was is business as usual .... no clue, and sorry I couldn't offer better info!

Re: Pleasant Canyon Road conditions?

Posted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:38 pm
by Candace_66
David replied on the other site, fairly recently it was in standard condition.

Hopefully it stays that way through May. I've decided the only way I'll get to Sentinel Peak is by climbing Porter again then traversing to Sentinel, LOL. :oops:

Re: Pleasant Canyon Road conditions?

Posted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:52 pm
by Gowergulch42
Is Surprise/PC too much of a commitment for you then?

Re: Pleasant Canyon Road conditions?

Posted: Fri Apr 26, 2019 1:55 am
by Death Valley Dazed
Gowergulch42 wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:52 pm
Is Surprise/PC too much of a commitment for you then?
And what about Johnson Canyon, park at Wilson Springs, to Panamint Pass and then lake left to Sentinel Peak? Short but steep?

Re: Pleasant Canyon Road conditions?

Posted: Fri Apr 26, 2019 5:09 am
by wbdeford
Candace_66 wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:38 pm
David replied on the other site, fairly recently it was in standard condition.

Hopefully it stays that way through May. I've decided the only way I'll get to Sentinel Peak is by climbing Porter again then traversing to Sentinel, LOL. :oops:
That would seem the best way to do it if you want to do it as a day hike. From Panamint City or Johnson Canyon it would require hiking with camping gear.

I am hoping to do Porter -> Sentinel in a couple of weeks. Looks pretty smoothe except for the last steep push at the end. Will try to have a trip report up about it the week of May 20. Now that the roads won't let me start at Mahogany Flat, that portion of the trip will be at the beginning. (i.e., less likely to get cancelled due to fatigue, running out of time, etc.)

Re: Pleasant Canyon Road conditions?

Posted: Sun Apr 28, 2019 1:15 pm
by MojaveGeek
Porter to Sentinel is a breeze (likely literally) indeed, except for as you point out the final steep part. But that's not bad really. Well I don't recall it as "bad" but I climbed it 20 years ago and my memory erases bad stuff. But my daughter was 9 at the time and she had no trouble either (of course I raise my kids as tough desert rats).

You can also take the road to the Porter Mine up to about 7200 feet before you hit a locked gate. They did not mind foot traffic beyond that when I did it; there was a caretaker who offered us fresh water. There was enough of a pullout that one could park there. You can see it on the sat images though they are not of the highest resolution for that patch.

Re: Pleasant Canyon Road conditions?

Posted: Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:30 am
by wbdeford
Candace_66 wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:38 pm
David replied on the other site, fairly recently it was in standard condition.

Hopefully it stays that way through May. I've decided the only way I'll get to Sentinel Peak is by climbing Porter again then traversing to Sentinel, LOL. :oops:
Hi Candace....did you get to do Sentinel? How did you find it? I found the last stretch really tough coming over from Porter.

Re: Pleasant Canyon Road conditions?

Posted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:17 pm
by Candace_66
Haven't been there. And not sure if I'll make it this season or not!

Re: Pleasant Canyon Road conditions?

Posted: Thu Oct 31, 2019 11:12 am
by teotwaki
Just thought I'd bump the thread to see if anyone has driven the loop in recent weeks.

Jim