Thursday, December 6, 2012

Pilot Knob


Pilot Knob is a rock formation that sits by highway eight, about seven miles from Yuma, in California. It is called Pilot Knob because in the nineteenth and early twentieth century  the Pilots of the river boats that went up and down the Colorado River  used it as a land mark.

We knew  there was a geo cache  on  the mountain so we set out this morning to try and find it.


From the bottom.


We knew the trail was beside the rock quarry, we found one but  it wasn’t much of a trail, and we weren’t sure if it was the right one. I think Skip is wishing he had his hikers on.


The trail was rocky with lots of loose rock and many switchbacks.



But the view was pretty nice going up.

That’s Pilot Knob RV Park where the green is and the scattered Rvs are in the dispersed camping  Long Term Visitors Area


The buildings are the Pilot Knob  gas station, and the little green dot down there is our  tracker


Almost at the top


It was a hard hike because of the ground but the views were worth it.


That is Algodones Mx and the black line you see is the fence between Mexico and Arizona.


The green produce fields and Yuma is behind the smog (?)


The Chocolate Mountains


We are camping  on the other side of Black Rock, the dunes are in the background


Signing the hikers log, the cache is beside it.


It’s a long way back down and I don’t like the loose rock.



Finally at the bottom and we put a rock on these boulders, not sure why .

There goes  the border patrol,


Sophie and Louie were  happy we were back, the ladder is to keep Jake off the dash.




  1. Only time we nearly got the rig stuck in soft sand was at Pilot Knob. Spent an overnighter there about half a mile west of the gas station. Not likely now we'll ever make the climb up top the Knob.

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