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    463 m
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    8.4 km
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    Pass Mountain Hike


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    Pass Mountain is a hike that toes the line of climbing. Hikers don’t call it hiking, but climbers don’t call it climbing. The signage is lacking and there are some intense sections of climbing and steep sandy descents. Hike this one with a buddy and keep an eye on your GPS route to help you find your way. The views will be worth it if you can persevere through!

    Route Description for Pass Mountain Hike

    If you’re excited at the prospect of scrambling, hands-on climbs, and steep descents, the Pass Mountain hike should definitely be on your list. This interesting trail is often described by hikers as not a hike and by climbers as not quite a climb, so it certainly toes the line. Bring a buddy and a GPS route to help you find your way since the signage leaves a lot to be desired.

    This loop can be hiked either clockwise or counterclockwise. Some hikers swear by one direction, other hikers by the other direction, but we’ll describe the route counterclockwise, which has you climbing the steepest sections instead of downclimbing them.

    From the trailhead, take the route in the middle that heads to the northeast towards the mountain. As soon as you hit the base, you’ll start swtichbacking up. Traverse to your right a few steps to climb a rocky section to crest the ridge. The ridge can be intense in some parts and the route becomes hard to make out, so take your time. Stop to enjoy the views at the highest point and then begin a sandy, slippery descent. The hike finishes with a much more relaxing stroll through the desert back to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Pass Mountain Hike Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Pass Mountain hike is on N Wind Cave Drive.

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