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Ascent of Cottonwood Mountains High Point on 1998-10-05

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Monday, October 5, 1998
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cottonwood Mountains High Point
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:6631 ft / 2021 m

Ascent Trip Report

The mountains derive their name from the Cottonwood Cliffs on the west side. The name was applied by C.M. Wheeler because of the vast groves of Cottonwood trees in the valley. The name first appears on the USGS map of 1923. (Barnes, p. 113)

The area of the summit is state land and is open for hiking.

The Cottonwood Mountains are best approached from the west side. Go north from Kingman on route 66 toward Hackberry and turn south on Hackberry Road. The turn is 0.5 miles east of milepost 82. Go south on this excellent, graded dirt road for about 4 miles and turn left on signed Dave Willis Road. Continue on this road for a couple of miles and turn south on Tobosa Road. Accurate directions are not available, but this road will eventually head due south along a fence and then turn due east. There are signs for property for sale in this area. The road worsens and one should drive east and stop by an east-west running high voltage power line. The road follows the power line into the mountains, but is badly eroded. I stopped at UTM: 268820E, 3905660N (NAD27) under the power lines and hiked east from there. Hike up to the ridge top on the road and then head north through the moderately brushy terrain to a high plateau between points 6345 ft. and 6420 ft. shown on the map. Then continue north another 0.5 miles to the SW slope of the mountain. Go NE up to the flat summit plateau. The register is at the far east end. Hiking time is about 2 hours each way. 10/98 RLC
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