Ascent of Tule Benchmark on 1994-11-12

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Saturday, November 12, 1994
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Tule Benchmark
    Elevation:2307 ft / 703 m

Ascent Trip Report

This peak is in the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge and a permit is required for entry. An often used approach is from the north through the Barry M. Goldwater Range. A permit from the Cabeza Prieta Refuge will allow access through the Goldwater Range. Information on permits is at my site:

The Tule Mountains are a range of mountains a few miles south of Tule Well in the southwestern part of the Cabeza Prieta Wildlife Refuge. The range crosses the border and is called the Sierra el Choclo Duro in Mexico. The most direct driving route is to drive south from Tacna. On Interstate 8 east of Yuma use exit 42 in Tacna. This is Ave. 40E which runs north and south. On the south side of the Interstate take the unmarked dirt frontage road that goes along the fence and then heads east. Take this wide, graded dirt road east for 6.0 miles and then turn right. There is a sign here indicating the start of the Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range. Reset your odometer at the turn and head south on this road across the broad Mohawk Valley. After 23.1 miles there is a sign marking the Refuge boundary. Continue straight ahead on the road which narrows and becomes more sandy where four-wheel drive may be needed. At about 34 miles you will pass the Christmas Pass camp on the left and at 40.8 miles there is a junction at Tule Well. Go left here on the Camino del Diablo. Reset the odometer and go 3.5 miles to a wash where there is limited parking. UTM here is 244440E, 3564420N. Hike SE then south into a canyon in front of the summit. At a fork in the canyon go left on a bearing of 190 deg. Climb up the canyon and after about 0.1 mile go right up into a steep, boulder-filled canyon. Proceed up the slopes to the top. Ascent time is about 1 1/4 hrs. with a gain of 1150 ft.. One way distance is 1.2 miles. 11/94 RLC
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