Ascent of Quitovaguita Benchmark on 1995-11-25

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Saturday, November 25, 1995
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Quitovaguita Benchmark
    Elevation:2850 ft / 868 m

Ascent Trip Report

The benchmark name is probably derived from the small springs to the SE in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument now known as Quitobaquito. Explorers Hornaday and Lumholtz called it Quitovaquito. (Barnes, p. 376) The Board on Geographic Names settled on the present day Quitobaquito in a 1920 decision. During an ascent in November, 1995 the benchmark was found loose setting on the ground, possibly dislodged by construction of the repeater site.

This peak is in the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge and a permit is required for entry. Information on permits is at my site:

The Agua Dulce Mountains are in the southeastern part of the Cabeza Prieta Wildlife Refuge just north of the Mexico border. To reach the mountains from the plaza in Ajo take highway 85 south for 2.6 miles and turn right on Darby Wells Road. Proceed SW for 1.8 miles and turn left onto Bates Well Road. Reset your odometer here and note the following junctions: stay right at 3.2 miles, right again at 6.5 miles, and left at 7.4 miles. Then at 10.7 miles cross a cattle guard at the Organ Pipe Cactus Monument boundary. At 14.7 miles pass the turn on your left to the Bates Well parking area. Go straight ahead at the Puerto Blanco road junction at 21.0 miles and cross the Cabeza Prieta Refuge boundary at 23.9 miles. At about 29.0 miles pull off at BM 1072 shown on the topo map which is 0.2 miles before you reach a turn to the right at a management road junction. UTM here is 295880E, 3553730N (NAD27). The high point of the range is 5.49 miles to the south on a bearing of 169 degrees. Hike across the desert to a canyon north of the peak. Be sure to stay to the left (E) and do not head up too soon to peak 2427 ft. which is closer and looks like the high point. As you near the canyon look for the two antenna masts on top which identify the high point. The ridgeline coming down from the right side (W) of the high point can be climbed to the top. The hike to the top takes about 4 hours and the return about 3 1/4 hours. Round-trip distance is 11 miles with an elevation gain of 1780 ft. 11/95 RLC
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