Ascent of Vulture Peak on 2020-03-24

Climber: Andy Forster

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Vulture Peak
    Elevation:3660 ft / 1115 m

Ascent Trip Report

Followed the route (2WD trailhead) described in Charles Liu's book: 60 Hikes within 60 Miles PHOENIX. On reaching the high saddle before turning north for the final ascent, you might want to pack your hiking poles or leave them at the saddle, as from this point on, you will need both hands to scramble to the summit!

On reaching the summit area, there are 2 points, NW and SE, that look about the same height, about a hundred feet apart. There are 2 benchmarks placed near the SE summit but my GPS device told me the NW summit was about 10 feet higher, and thus the true summit. There was also a green Ammo Can register located between the 2 summits.

Wildlife observed: 7 Vultures circling overhead (how appropriate), 1 squirrel munching on green leaves about 3 feet away. 0 snakes!

Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:Class 3 from Saddle
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Andy Forster
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