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Teutonia Peak Trail
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Teutonia Peak Trail
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Overview

This pleasant trail runs out for about 1.6 miles as it climbs about 700 feet from the Cima Road to Teutonia Peak, the rocky crags on the east side of Cima Dome. The trail runs out across a densely vegetated Joshua Tree forest on sandy trails to old mines at the base of the north ridge. The trail then steeply climbs the side of the rocky ridge, crosses over onto the other side of the ridge, and heads south to climb into a notch on the ridge between two huge summit blocks. The trail does not actually go to the summit, which is about 0.2 miles farther south, and even the summit blocks above the overlook involve a few feet of 5th-class climbing, but the views from the summit could hardly be better than the views from the overlook at the end of the trail.

Link to map.

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Trail information sign

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert, ...this is a pretty safe hike, but be careful on the rocky outcrops at the end of the trail and don't mess with old mines.

While hiking, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. Also, even though this is a short hike, be sure to bring what you need of the 10 Essentials.

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Natural history information sign

Getting to the Trailhead

This hike is located in Mojave National Preserve, about 2 hours south of Las Vegas.

From town, drive out to Mojave National Preserve. The trailhead is located along Cima Road, but it is not well marked. Link to details of finding the trailhead.

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Trail direction sign (view SW)

The Hike

From the trailhead (Table 2, Waypoint 01), the trail runs southwest and up the gently sloping hillside towards the rocky ridge on the skyline, a considerable ways north of the summit. The trail runs out old sandy roads through an area densely vegetated with Joshua Trees and lots of blackbrush, Mormon tea, cholla, yucca, bitterbrush, and buckwheat. There are some nice boulder piles and sheets of bedrock along this part of the trail.

At about 0.47 miles out, the trail crosses a dirt road (Wpt. 02) that appears to be open. Continuing southwest another 0.47 miles, the trail intersects an old road (Wpt. 03) at the edge of the Teutonia Mine area. The trail turns right onto the old road, then quickly turns off (Wpt. 04) and resumes the southwesterly direction.

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Trail follows an old two-track road (view SW)

As always, mines in this area are interesting, but don't climb over the fences to get a better view, as the shaft looks particularly deep and dangerous.

Continuing west towards the ridge, the trail quickly passes another old road (Wpt. 05) and starts up the side of the ridge. The trail here is fairly steep, but the trail has some switchbacks and the crest isn't far off (only about 0.25 miles and 190 vertical feet).

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Hiker on trail

At the crest of the ridge (Wpt. 06), the trail crosses onto the west side and gives some great views of Cima Dome, which is the skyline to the west. Before crossing over the ridge, consider walking north a few yards to the a rocky knob that provides nice views.

Continuing, the trail runs south for about 0.2 miles on the west side of the ridge to a nice rocky outcrop (Wpt. 07) with perhaps the best view on the mountain of Cima Dome.

From there, the trail steeply climbs (with some multiple trailing) back onto the crest at a notch in the crags (Wpt. 08) with nice views to the east. For hikers aiming for the true summit, continue through the notch onto the east-facing slopes and continue south.

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Rock outcrops and Joshua Trees

For hikers following the trail, back out of the notch and continue south a few yards into the next notch (Wpt. 09). At this point, the trail ends in a notch between two huge blocks of granite. This is the end of the trail, as it would require 5th-class climbing to get atop the granite blocks. A ledge on the northern (left) block, requiring a fairly safe 10-foot-high climb, gives great views back towards the trailhead and all points east. This would be a great place for a picnic lunch on a warm, sunny day.

Return to the trailhead by following the trail back down.

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Trail crosses dirt road
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Trail direction sign beyond dirt road
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Long, low mine tailings pile north of the road
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Hiker arriving at old road in mining area
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Hikers at edge of shallow pit
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Shallow pit (closed mine shaft?)

Hikers off trail going to see mining area
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Shaft along old road
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More shafts along old road
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Fenced mine shaft
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Covered mine shaft (heed the signs!)
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Covered mine shaft
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Covered mine shaft
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Hikers back on the trail (view NW)
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Hiker passing old road and trail sign
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Trail steepens
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Trail arrives at ridgeline
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Rock outcrop on ridgeline (view N, off trail)
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Rocky scenery
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Hiker on rocky knob with grand view
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Trailhead in the distance (view NE)
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Rocky scenery with Joshua trees and juniper
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Summit area (view S from rocky knob
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Trail continues south along ridgeline
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Hiker at Cima Dome viewpoint (view W)
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Hiker relaxing on rock "recliner chair" at Cima viewpoint (view N)
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Gently curved Cima Dome
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Trail beyond Cima Dome viewpoint, the trail grade increases
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Steep, rocky trail
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Steep, rocky trail
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Another Cima Dome view
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Ridgeline (view N)
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Losing the broad Cima Dome view
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Arriving at first notch on summit ridge (view E)
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Knob below first notch (view E towards trailhead)
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Hiker on knob north of first notch
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Approaching second notch, looking back a first notch
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Arriving at second notch
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Hiker in second notch (end of official trail)
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5th-class climbing required to ascend summit blocks here
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Hiker climbing onto lunch overlook (view E from lunch overlook)
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Lunch overlook (view SE)
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Lunch overlook (view E)
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Lunch overlook (view S towards true summit)
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Lunch overlook (view W through notch to Cima Dome)
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Lunch overlook (view E towards trailhead)
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Lunch overlook (telephoto view NE from summit to trailhead)
more to come ...

Table 1. Highway Coordinates Based on GPS Data (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Highway GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Site Location UTM Easting UTM Northing Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft) Verified
0830 Hwy I-15 at Cima Rd 620343 3922886 35.44395 115.67406 3,727 Yes
0831 Kelso-Cima Rd at Cima 636500 3900110 35.23656 115.49990 4,176 Yes
0847 Cima Rd at Teutonia Peak Trailhead 631655 3908873 35.31620 115.55172 5,043 Yes
1269 Mojave National Preserve, Kelso Visitor Center 623057 3875069 35.01256 115.65132 2,133 Map

Table 2. Hiking Coordinates Based on GPS Data (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Hiking GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Wpt. Location UTM Easting UTM Northing Elevation (ft) Point-to-Point Distance (mi) Cumulative Distance (mi) Verified
01 Trailhead 631643 3908877 4,991 0.00 0.00 GPS
02 Dirt Road 631095 3908416 5,067 0.47 0.47 GPS
03 Trail Joins Old Road 630577 3907908 5,171 0.47 0.94 GPS
04 Trail Departs Old Road 630543 3907903 5,175 0.03 0.97 GPS
05 Trail Crosses Old Road 630462 3907854 5,192 0.06 1.03 GPS
06 Ridgeline 630298 3907613 5,379 0.25 1.28 GPS
07 Cima Dome View 630387 3907392 5,510 0.16 1.44 GPS
08 Notch on Ridgeline 630556 3907245 5,668 0.17 1.61 GPS
09 Overlook Below Summit 630576 3907221 5,696 0.04 1.65 GPS
01 Trailhead 631643 3908877 4,991 1.65 3.30 GPS

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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