Back again for the sixth year in a row it's our 2013 Chocolate Mountain expedition. A yearly favorite hike of ours, conditions will determine our footwear (as well as the difficulty) for this wonderful hike up Chocolate Mountain in the Piper Mountains Wilderness. It is a seven mile round trip with 1,500' of elevation gain and loss - most of which is on an old, closed road. A true island in a sea of desert, Chocolate looks out over Deep Springs, Eureka and Fish Lake valleys. Meet at 8:30am at the Big Pine Campground at the junction of 168 and 395. Bring food and drink for the day, clothing for warm or cold, a pack to carry it all, and footwear appropriate to the conditions. Snowshoes maybe required and ARE NOT provided.
If it is snowy this will be a strenuous walk but it is an out-and-back so we can turn around anytime we want.
A map to the meeting place is here.
And I made a KMZ file for you Google Earth Fiends - but note: This is the first time I've found Google Earth took a picture of clouds that day...
You might also be interested in the panoramic movie from the top of Chocolate Mountain from one of last year's hikes.