Ascent of Turtle Mountain on 2020-11-19

Climber: Eric Kassan

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, November 19, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Turtle Mountain
    Elevation:7004 ft / 2134 m

Ascent Trip Report

US Highway 191 as it goes through the mining area around Morenci is like an amusement park ride- mining going on all around the road- the road even going through mining areas! I was originally going to wait for the Spring for this peak, but after checking the gage height history, I noticed that sometimes the creek crossing is too high in the Spring. The road is as described by Dean Gaudet.

I was very disappointed in the trail- it was extremely rocky- basically a long balance and ankle workout.

On my ascent, I decided to abandon the trail in favor of the ridgeline which appeared to have a more consistent slope- as opposed to the standard route which has a steep climb after it abandons the trail. I had second thoughts about it being better, so I took the standard route down- yup, I preferred my ridge route. The only difficult part of the ridge route is the initial steep climb of about 200 vertical feet to gain the ridge. Once on the ridge, there were cattle trails making travel easier (yes, the cattle trails were better than the "Grand Enchantment Trail").

Photos are on Flickr here
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2884 ft / 879 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2884 ft / 879 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.8 mi / 15.8 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2884 ft / 879 m
    Distance:4.8 mi / 7.7 km
    Route:see GPS track
    Start Trailhead:Trailhead  4120 ft / 1255 m
    Time:3 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2884 ft / 879 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:see GPS track
    End Trailhead:Trailhead  4120 ft / 1255 m
    Time:3 Hours 15 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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