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Ascent of New Water Mountains High Point on 1996-02-19

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Monday, February 19, 1996
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:New Water Mountains High Point
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:2839 ft / 865 m

Ascent Trip Report

The origin of the name is unknown. (Barnes, p. 300)

The New Water Mountains lie in the New Water Wilderness which is administered by the Bureau of Land Management, Yuma Resource District. Permits are not needed to enter the area. An information sheet is available from the Yuma office at: 3150 Windsor Ave., Yuma, AZ. 85365 Phone: (602) 726-6300

The highpoint of the New Water Range is on a prominent ridgeline that runs NW to SE on the SE edge of the wilderness. To reach the trailhead, take route 60 NE from exit 31 on I-10. Continue on the highway for 8.3 miles to a gate in the fence on the right (south) side which is 0.65 miles east of milepost 39. The gate is the start of New Water Road and there is a small sign with the vertical numbers 857. Reset your odometer and head south on this fair dirt road which will reach a gate at a bridge at I-10 in 3.6 miles. Pass under the highway and bear right past a well. The road goes SW to a junction at a BLM kiosk at 5.1 miles where you turn left. At 6.8 miles turn left at a four-way junction at UTM 231770E, 3722620N (NAD27). 4WD may be needed at some spots past here. At 8.8 miles go left at a junction and then at 9.7 miles turn right at a sign which says the wilderness boundary is 0.5 miles ahead. Drive up this rocky 4WD road to its end and park. UTM here is: 234070E, 3718220N. The high point is visible 0.52 miles from here on a bearing of 165 degrees. Hike SSW up the right side of the canyon and then stay on the left side of a talus slope. Near the top of the talus slope go left above some ledges to reach a low point on the ridge. Go SE along the west side of the cholla-covered ridge for 1/4 mile to the high point which is on top of a 20 ft. high rock knob. This is best climbed on the NW side. Watch for loose rock on the exposed moves. The hike takes about 1 hour to the top with a gain of 1120 ft. Round-trip distance is about 1.5 miles. 2/96 RLC
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