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Trip Date:  05/15/20200

: 12 Miles

Vertical Gain: 2300'

Group Size: 6
Hike Rating:  Easy   Moderate   Hard   Strenuous
Slick Rock & Two Peaks Hike
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Slick Rock and Two Peaks Elevation Profile
Start Coordinates:   N 38 52.430 W 120 16.609     End Coordinates:   N 38 52.477 120 19.616 
Car Shuttle Req'd:   Yes Parking Directions:   Take Highway 50 to Ice House Road.  Drive north for about 14 miles, turning right at the signed Picket (sic) Pen Road intersection.  Drive down this 4WD road for about 5 miles if you want to leave one vehicle at this junction on the left at a closed gate for making this a point to point hike.  Continue another three miles to the end of the road to start this hike.
Hazards of Note:   Lots of cross country, route finding and a long trek on a forest service road after the second peak. Crowd Factor:   Minimal.  You are unlikely to run into other people except possibly on the road that heads to the Veerkamp property from Pickett Pen Rd.
General Notes:
Once at the parking area, head north along a small use trail until you reach a water crossing.  Pass through this crossing and then from here you will need to pick the best route toward the top of Slick Rock, staying to the east of the actual peak so that the granite you will be heading up does not become too steep to safely make you way to the top.   Once on the top of Slick Rock you will see that there is a false summit to the southwest, and the actual high point of the peak is to the east.  After reaching the peak, look for a narrow use trail to the east which will head up the ridgeline and eventually bend to the north so that you stay as high as possible on the transition between Slick Rock and Two Peaks.  If you lose the trail on the way, just continue to the east and eventually you will intersect with a road that is maintained by the Veerkamp family for them to access their property near Pearl Lake.  Follow this road to the north until it reaches a signed junction where it points toward the Veerkamp property the way you came and the Nielsen family the other direction.  (If you were to turn left at this junction you will be on the road that is used to make your way to the end of the hike.)  
Not far up the road toward the Nielsens you will pass a small cabin, and the road will end at thie point.  Angle toward the northwest from here, heading for the saddle between the West and East pinnacles of Two Peaks.  There will be another creek crossing at this point, and you can either find a way across or head a little further to the west to pick up your finishing road again and cross over the creek.  Heading up the saddle between the two peaks, you will hopefully find a very narrow use trail signed by a small rock cairn that will successfully guide you through what is otherwise a pretty solid wall of manzanita.  When you reach the top of the saddle, find the best route up from here toward the top of West Two Peaks and make you way to the high point, which offers amazing views of the entire Crystal Range.

Our 4WD drive carpooling as we dropped one vehicle at the end of the hike and then piled in a truck to make our way the next 3 miles to the trailhead. Carpooling
Phil making his way across a pretty cold creek near the start of the hike.
Creek crossing
After we made the crossing, there was a short time where we were able to get our shoes back on and warm up. After crossing
Making our way up Slick Rock, the first peak on our day's adventure. Heading up Slick Rock
Looking back southwest the way we headed up Slick Rock.
Looking back
Looking across Slick Rock toward the Crystal Range to the east.
Looking across Slick Rock
The use trail that will hopefully be located on the way up the Two Peaks saddle.
Use Trail
Another Crystal Range view from above the saddle between Two Peaks.
Framed view
Union Valley from the top of Two Peaks West.
Union Valley
Some of the many flowers, including this Penstemon along the trail providing spectacular colors all around.
Expansive views
A helicopter circled Slick Rock for about 10 minutes before touching down briefly and then heading off to the north.
Our group heading back down after a great stay on Two Peaks.
Heading back down
GPS Track of the full hike from right to left. GPS Track of Hike