Ascent of Woolsey Peak on 2011-02-25

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Date:Friday, February 25, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Woolsey Peak
    Elevation:3171 ft / 966 m

Ascent Trip Report

I hiked Woolsey with Ken Russell and we approached the trailhead from AZ 85 and Old US 80. On Old US 80 at virtual mile post 25.2 turn on signed and paved Aqua Caliente Rd towards the peak. Zero your odometer and drive .7 mile on the paved road and then turn right on unsigned and unpaved Aqua Caliente. Drive only .2 mile on this good unpaved road to an unsigned road on the left and turn onto this lesser road. At 1.9 mile from the end of pavement pass under some large power transmission lines and continue directly towards the peak. At 5.7 mile reach the Buckeye Copper Mine that is marked by a windmill and a couple blue water tanks. The road gets rougher after the windmill and it requires high clearance and maybe 4WD. At 6.9 miles reach a barb wire fence and a gate. Don’t go through the gate, instead turn left up a rocky road that parallels the fence and goes directly towards the peak. At 7.5 miles the road ends and this is the trailhead.

We hiked slightly to the right of directly at the peak to reach the flat area on the bajada and then hiked directly up the bajada. There is no trail. We climbed up to the very end of the bajada and then found a climbers trail that kind of serpents up the final 500 ft to the summit area. There are a few cairns that we found, but not enough to adequately mark the trail. We kept looking for the easiest route and I think we did a good job avoiding the Class 3 sections. The easiest route is no more than Class 2 but it serpents around until it reaches a rocky ridge about 100 ft below the summit. The rocky ridge was easy to follow to the summit. We reached the high point first and then followed a path over to the lower area where the benchmark and summit register are located. Great views from the summit. Lots of cactus on the route that complicates route finding a little. Round trip hike took about 4.5 hours.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1818 ft / 554 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.1 km
    Route:North Side
    Trailhead:1353 ft / 412 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
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