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Ascent of North Mountain on 2017-03-05

Climber: John E Sarna

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, March 5, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:North Mountain
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:2104 ft / 641 m

Ascent Trip Report

I took the trail west from the North Mtn Visitor Center, turning left up the canyon on a good trail which leads to a saddle and contours just above 7th Street (with a small parking lot below), which soon joins the steep paved road from a southern trail-head going up to the towers with a good side trail to the top. The high point is about a foot behind the fence, which I touched with a stick to claim it. To claim Shaw, I followed the pavement down but veered off left on a steep uphill side trail which topped out ~20' higher and led me down a canyon following a lightly used trail to the left of an old dirt road, eventually joining the trail going west from the visitor center. Following the right forks, I continued to a wash and up a steep (but unpaved this time) trail going up to the microwave towers and on to Shaw Butte. Getting back to the main trail, I turned right and followed it downhill along the east ridge, turning right on a flat road (just above a residential community) going across a flood control dam and back to the visitor center.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:824 ft / 251 m
    Elevation Loss:824 ft / 251 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:774 ft / 236 m
    Extra Loss:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:easiest on well-maintained-trail route from the Vi
    Trailhead:North Mtn Visitor Center  1430 ft / 435 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:724 ft / 221 m
    Extra Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:climbed 20' from pavement trail to take wash down
    Trailhead:trail crosing in dry wash between North and Shaw  1430 ft / 435 m
Ascent Part of Trip: 3-5-17 (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1North Mountain2017-03-05
2Shaw Butte2017-03-05



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