Ascent of Sierra Cipriano High Point on 1995-04-16
|Date:||Sunday, April 16, 1995|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||Sierra Cipriano High Point|
| Elevation:||910 m / 2986 ft|
Ascent Trip ReportNamed for Cipriano Ortega who owned Hacienda de Santo Domingo west of Sonoyta. (Ives, p. 26) He was also active in the Victoria Mine which is in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument south of the visitors center.
Probably Federal land. There are no restrictions on hiking in the range.
At the traffic circle in the town of Sonoyta take highway 8 SW toward Puerto Penasco. You will see the small but impressive range on your left after about 15 km(9 mi.). After 18 km(11.3 mi.) turn left onto a dirt road that soon turns rather rough with large dips. A high-clearance vehicle is advised for further travel. Continue on this road and turn left at a fork at 1.1 km(0.7 mi.). At 2.2 km(1.4 mi.) turn left onto a faint road and park. This road ends in a short distance and is a convenient place to start the hike. UTM coordinates at this point are: 310972E, 3515608N (NAD27). The highest point of the range is not visible from here, lieing behind the peaks that can be seen to the east. Start the hike heading east to the canyon which lies on a bearing of 78 degrees. Start ascending on generally solid rock in the canyon bottom, there is only one place where one may want to detour around a dry waterfall. When you reach the top turn left climbing over an easy ridge and head further east to the summit which will then be seen. The summit has great views which are unfortunately marred by trash, including plywood, cable, rags, and old batteries left on top. The ascent time takes 1 3/4 hours and the descent 1 1/2 hours and the elevation gain is about 470 m. (1540 ft.). 4/95 RLC
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