Ascent of Montezuma Castle National Monument High Point on 2018-09-24

Climber: Andrew Kirmse

Others in Party:David Sanger
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, September 24, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Montezuma Castle National Monument High Point
    Elevation:3680 ft / 1121 m

Ascent Trip Report

As Fred Lobdell’s trip report says, the high point is in some scrub away from the paved path at the Montezuma Well. We drove in on the dirt road from the north and saw that it came very close to the high point, so we parked on the side of the road, crossed the fence at a gate, and walked up to the rocky promontory with a small weather station on top. There is a contour of the same height just to the east, but after visiting it, we decided it was obviously lower.

This unit of the National Monument is open 8am-4:45pm and is free. A deep natural well, reminiscent of a limestone cenote, has several stone huts built into its side. A trail runs down to the bottom where there’s another stone hut in a cave, and some graffiti from 1878.

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Weather station at high point. Watch for rattlesnakes (2018-09-24). Photo by Andrew Kirmse.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:70 ft / 21 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:70 ft / 21 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Start Trailhead:3610 ft / 1100 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Andrew Kirmse
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