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Ascent of Sierra Estrella High Point on 2013-02-13

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sierra Estrella High Point
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:4512 ft / 1375 m

Ascent Trip Report

I used Scott Surgent's info on Summit Post to access the peak and climb it. The last 5 miles of the road is a little sandy. I drove past the power transimssion towers and found a nice campsite near the end of the road.

I intended to follow Scott's route up, but I optedd to take a smaller ridge up to the main ridge that Scott used. I don't think it mattered much, they are both steep, rocky, and thorny. Our routes merged at about 3,000 ft and I continued up another 600 ft to where I started a long sidehill traverse. I didn't like the traverse much, so I looked hard at the drainage that goes down from the saddle between points 3795 and 3873. I couldn't see any cliffs and otherwise it looked like everything else on the mountain....steep, rocky, and thorny.

On the north side of point 3873 the ridge drops about 160 ft to a saddle before going up to the summit. The slope west from this saddle looked like it may have a cliff band to deal with.

Great views from the summit. No register. On the way down I went down the drainage from the saddle south of point 3873 and this was actually the nicest part of the climb. For several hundred feet the drainage is a series of dry waterfalls that are easy to walk down. Anything that is a drop off of more than 5 ft, there is an easy route around and then more rock hoping and walking down smooth slabs. If I were to climb the peak again I would come up the drainage.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3584 ft / 1092 m
    Elevation Loss:3584 ft / 1092 m
    Distance:7 mi / 11.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3424 ft / 1044 m
    Extra Loss:345 ft / 105 m
    Distance:3.7 mi / 6 km
    Route:Scott Surgent Routes from SP
    Trailhead:1433 ft / 436 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:3239 ft / 987 m
    Extra Gain:160 ft / 48 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Route:Scott Surgent Routes from SP
    Trailhead:1433 ft / 436 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dennis Poulin
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