Ascent of College Peaks on 2020-04-16

Climber: Paul McClellan

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, April 16, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:College Peaks
    Elevation:6388 ft / 1947 m

Ascent Trip Report

Driving directions:

** As of 2021-04-04 North and East College Roads appeared to be public access roads. They were not marked as "Private" or "No Trespassing". The side road I parked on was also unmarked. Please do not block these roads. **

From Douglas, Arizona, drive east on AZ Hwy 80.
0.0 At MP 380.4 Turn Right onto North College Peak Road.
0.5 Continue Straight past a pipeline road on your right.
0.9 Road Turns Right and becomes East College Peak Road.
1.0 Cross washes, recommend high clearance.
1.4 Turn Left onto a rough 4x4 road. Park here - the road becomes impassable in 0.1 mile.

Climbing notes:

** This route crosses private ranch land. Although I saw no "Private" or "No Trespassing" signs on my hiking route, nor did I cross any fences or pass through any gates, this may change in the future. **

Start by continuing south on the rough 4x4 road.
Bear slightly left to reach and ascend a steep ridge to just below the west face of North College Peak.
Descend south and follow the ridge towards South College Peak.
Ascend a steep rocky and brushy ramp on the left side of the summit cliffs.
Climb south just west of the ridgeline towards the summit, occasionally detouring further west as needed.
The summit is on the south end of the summit ridge by a communication tower.
On my return I descended further west of North College Peak to avoid extra gain.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2002 ft / 609 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2002 ft / 610 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1862 ft / 567 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1622 ft / 495 m; Extra: 240 ft / 73m
    Loss on way in:240 ft / 73 m
    Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
    Route:N Slopes/N Ridge
    Start Trailhead:4766 ft / 1452 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1762 ft / 537 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1622 ft / 495 m; Extra: 140 ft / 42m
    Gain on way out:140 ft / 42 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Route:N Slopes/N Ridge
    End Trailhead:4766 ft / 1452 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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