Sunrise on the 10 Freeway on my way to the Twentynine Palms area to climb Sheephole Mountain.
Another freeway sunrise shot. I'm starting to get good at taking photos at 75 mph.
A view of Sheephole Mountain from the Amboy Road.
We met at the microwave tower just off the Amboy Road.
Ken, Kathy, Joe (me) and Shasta the dog at the start of the hike. After meeting, we drove a short way to get in closer to the canyon we planed to hike up.
The hike started by dropping down into a wash.
After going down the wash for about a 100 yards, we turned up this canyon.
A short way up the canyon we were on the rocks. Most of this hike was on the rocks.
Looking back down the canyon we are hiking up.
Zoomed in on the same view.
We came across this old car frame mounted to the rocks. Figured there must be a mine close by.
There was a mine, Ken and Shasta went in to check it out. Wasn't very deep.
Shasta found some water. There was a few wet spots in this canyon.
Kathy with the map in hand. We had a little trouble figuring out a route to use. There was a lot of big rocks to deal with.
There was a few of these cactus along the way.
Nice looking rock formations up ahead. The actually peak is behind this ridge.
Ken and Kathy up ahead.
Another view down the canyon from further up.
Kathy looking up the slope we are about to climb to get to a ridge. At this point Ken and Shasta took another route. We didn't see them again untill we where on the way out
San Gorgonio Mountain comes into view in the distance as we gain altitude.
Kathy taking a higher route than me here.
The catclaw sticker bushes got a hold of my hand. This is the first of many times I met up with the stickers on this hike.
Climbing the slabs after we got off the main route.
A view to the west as we climb on.
Lot of big rocks.
A water puddle in the rocks. We came across a few of these on the hike.
Another view to the west from higher up.
This pile of rocks leads to the summit.
Big rocks, Kathy at the bottom of photo.
Kathy climbing towards the peak.
The top is in sight. The register is in the small pile of rocks.
Looking down on Kathy from the summit as she uses a crack to climb the last few feet.
The register box.
Kathy on the summit.
View to the north.
Some of the smaller peaks to the west.
Looking to the west.
Zoomed in on some hills down below.
A dry lake to the southwest.
Kathy and me on the summit at 4,613' with a view to the west. This is the biggest little mountain I've ever climbed.
After getting our summit shots, we climbed down to this area about 30 feet below to get out of the wind. We ate our lunch, relaxed for a while and I was able to make a call to a close friend.
A view on the way down the summit rock pile.
Another view of the dry lake.
A opening in the rocks.
Kathy on the other side of the opening in the rock.
This flat area is just below the summit rock pile. From here we were able to see a better path to take down than we used to climb up.