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Summit Lela Peak

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This strenuous, five mile round trip hike leads to the top of the seldom-visited Lela Peak, elevation 4734 feet. Lela is the highpoint of the northern Hexie Mountains and offers one of the best Three Hundred and Sixty degree views to be found within the park. The hike begins at the Squaw Tank parking area, located five miles down a dirt road known as the Geology Tour Road. From here the hike passes through interesting geologic formations and into a classic desert wash. A strenuous climb leaves the wash and ascends up a rocky drainage to a large plateau. From here the actual summit is visible. The hike crosses the plateau and then ascends a moderate slope to the top. Once on top, the hiker will enjoy unobstructed views off to the east of the Pinto, Coxcombs and Eagle Mountains and, to the south, the terminus of the Little San Bernardino Mountains and parts of Pleasant Valley. To the west, down in to Queen Valley and Malapai Hill and further west, Ryan and Quail Mountain. The upper portion of Queen Valley and Queen Mountain will be seen off to the north.

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Joshua Tree Gateway Communities, Palm Springs & Coachella Valley, Las Vegas Area, Death Valley, Ridgecrest & Northern Mojave, Anza-Borrego, Imperial Valley, S. CA Deserts