Ascent of Newman Peak on 2011-03-01
|Date:||Tuesday, March 1, 2011|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||4480 ft / 1365 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI approached Newman Pk. from the south. At Exit 219 from I-10 proceed to the east side Frontage Road, zero your odometer and head south. At 5.0 miles turn right on paved Park Link Dr, cross the RxR tracks, at 5.8 turn left on unpaved but signed Pecan Dr, at 7.4 pass Bud Angle ranch, at 8.3 pass Picacho Pk Land & Cattle Co, at 8.5 pass through a closed gate for Parsons Ranches, the road gets a little rougher, at 10.3 go left around some kind of land island, the road is muddy or sandy depending on the weather, at 10.8 turn left on a lesser road, at 11.5 go through another gate at the CAP canal, go right down and then right back up through a wash, at 11.8 take the right fork and cross the bridge, go straight and at 11.9 take the left fork, at 12.5 take the right fork, at 13.5 go through another gate that is barb wire, at 13.7 pass 2 campsites on the right, at 14.4 pass a campsite on the left, at 14.5 pass the fenced game water facility, the road is rougher and high clearance is required, I parked at 14.8, but could have kept going and in another .2 mile take a right turn and at .6 reach the end of the road. Lots of cactus along the road in the last couple of miles.
I hiked up the road to where it ended and then followed the wash to the small closed contour point 2800 and passed it on its right. The wash curls around behind point 2800 and then I left the wash and climbed up to the ridge behind point 2800. I followed the ridgeline up towards point 3960, but at about 3450 the ridgeline becomes Class 3 and a little cliffy. I traversed to my right to bypass the Class 3 sections and found a steep rocky/cactus slope that took me up to point 3960 that was no more than Class 2. From point 3960 I could see the summit towers. I dropped about 40 ft down to a saddle and followed the ridge up to the summit area. The high point is between the 2 big towers.
Great views from the summit. Lots of cactus on this route, so it is slow going. I had to look around a little on the descent to find the route that I took on the way up. I was glad I had a GPS track.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||2300 ft / 701 m|
| Distance:||4.7 mi / 7.5 km|
| Route:||Southeast Ridge|
| Trailhead:||2180 ft / 664 m|
| Route Conditions:||Open Country|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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