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Ascent of Barry Goldwater Peak on 2010-12-25

Climber: Eric Kassan

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, December 25, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Barry Goldwater Peak
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:4083 ft / 1244 m

Ascent Trip Report

I had planned on doing this peak from the south, but was unable to find a way to approach the road - Indian School Road dead-ended into private property well before Tower Road, and several other access streets (listed on Google maps) did not appear to exist.

The route from the north had an interesting note - the half-mile between Sun Valley Parkway and the park was posted as state land that required a written permit to enter. I presumed this applied to vehicles, parked just off the parkway, and walked in on what at some point was 243rd Avenue.

Once 243rd Avenue ended, there were a variety of dirt roads going in the approximate right direction. I ended up taking one east of Tower Road, but it ended up leading back to it. But Tower road was not much of a road - it starts out well and turns into a real road at the pass at 3500', but between those, there are places where it is just a jumble of loose overgrown rocks. It is usually easy to follow, though, and offers much less brush than the surrounding terrain.

Finally, while I didn't believe it, my GPS said that the elevation loss on the way up (and gain on the way down) was in excess of 1000'.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3443 ft / 1049 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3443 ft / 1049 m
    Round-Trip Distance:16.9 mi / 27.2 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2943 ft / 897 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2443 ft / 745 m; Extra: 500 ft / 152m
    Loss on way in:500 ft / 152 m
    Distance:8.6 mi / 13.8 km
    Route:243rd Ave to Tower "Road"
    Start Trailhead:Sun Valley Pkwy @ 243rd Ave  1640 ft / 499 m
    Time:3 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2943 ft / 897 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2443 ft / 745 m; Extra: 500 ft / 152m
    Gain on way out:500 ft / 152 m
    Distance:8.3 mi / 13.4 km
    Route:243rd Ave to Tower "Road"
    End Trailhead:Sun Valley Pkwy @ 243rd Ave  1640 ft / 499 m
    Time:3 Hours 45 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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