Trip Stats: Distance to wreck - 4 miles. Elevation Gain - about 5800' total. Time up: 3 hours 45 minutes. Time down: 1 hour 40 minutes.
This was truly one of the hardest hikes I have ever done. The wreckage is in a very remote part of the Eastern Sierras and requires a lot of rock scrambling to get there. There is a reason why this site has been so well preserved.
Our first attempt to the crash site was a failure. Well, sort of. We did manage to find the helicopter wreck, which crashed during the recovery process in August of 1969. Alan and I were also extremely exhausted once we reached the crash site due to getting lost several times trying to find our way up. With little time to explore around the crash site we knew we would have to make a trip back and find the actual DC-3 crash.
So a year later we made it back and found more than we ever could have expected. This is one of the most interesting crash sites we have visited so far. All the parts of the aircraft still remain at the scene and there is no sign of the typical fire you find at most crashes. We found many personal items; watches, glasses, change, combs, ladies makeup, shoes, clothes and much more. Take a look at the photos and let me know if you have any questions.