Ascent of Baboquivari Peak on 1999-11-30

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Tuesday, November 30, 1999
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Baboquivari Peak
    Elevation:7734 ft / 2357 m

Ascent Trip Report

The most popular route up the peak is from the west side starting at the Baboquivari campground. In the town of Sells go south on Route 19 which goes past the hospital and Basha's Market. Just past the market the road curves left (east) and you want to turn right at a junction with a sign to Topawa. This turn is 0.6 miles south of main highway 86. From the turn head south for 9.1 miles to a sign "Baboquivari Park" where you turn left. At this junction is the district office where you can get a camping permit. From the junction proceed east on a good graded dirt road for 11.5 miles to the campground. Start the climb on the trail heading east past a new metal water tank and then an old stone tank. Soon there is a signed junction where you should go right. The trail continues for about 3.5 miles to a steep ramp on the west side of the summit. Follow along the base of the cliff up the ramp to a 90 foot wall that is the main problem. This has two bolts which can be used for protection. Climb the ledges on the wall up to a tree on the right that is used to belay other climbers and for the rapell down. From here the route to the top has only one chockstone to scramble over and some brush as you reach the top from the north side. The climb is about 8 miles round-trip with a gain of 4200 feet. Allow 4 hours to hike to the base of the wall, maybe 2 hours from there to the summit depending on group size and climbing proficiency, and about 2 1/2 to 3 hours for the descent. 11/99 RLC
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