Ascent of Pinal Peak on 2003-10-24
|Date:||Friday, October 24, 2003|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||7850 ft / 2392 m|
Ascent Trip ReportNamed by King Woolsey (1832 - 1879) on a scouting trip for Apaches. He climbed the peak and camped on top on July 4, 1864. (Barnes, p. 334) Pinal means "deer" in the Apache language.
The mountain is in the Tonto National Forest and access to the summit is open to the public. For more information contact: Tonto National Forest, 2324 East McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ. 85010 Phone: (602) 225-5200
Pinal Mountain is high and has wide-ranging views over the area. It is a drive-up peak with a fairly good road to the summit. There are private cabins near the top and camping areas. The summit has several microwave towers. On highway 60 between Miami and Globe go south on state highway 88 at the stoplight. After 0.3 miles go right on Russell Road and after 1.6 miles the pavement ends. There are three cattle guards to cross before you reach a junction on a ridge at 6.3 miles with a sign "Pinal Mtn." Turn right onto forest road 651 which eventually leads to the summit. After 11.6 miles pass by the Sulfide del Rey picnic area on your left. Then at 11.8 miles turn left at a junction with route 580 on your right. Take the left fork at another junction at 15.4 miles that was not well marked at the time. Then pass by a campground at 16.7 miles and several private cabins on both sides of the road. Take the left fork at a junction at 17.3 miles and you will finally reach the top after 17.9 miles at a microwave repeater site. Unfortunately the original 1899 benchmark seems to have been destroyed long ago. 5/97 RLC
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