Ascent of Turtle Mountains High Point on 2011-02-16

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Date:Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Turtle Mountains High Point
    Elevation:4298 ft / 1310 m

Ascent Trip Report

I followed DPS instructions to climb Turtle Mtn. On Hwy 62 at virtual milepost 117.7 turn south on an unsigned road that is marked NS90734 after you turn. Zero your odometer. At 0.3 mile turn left then take the right fork on marked NS90734. At 2.0 miles turn right over the dirt berm and at 2.2 miles stay right. At 6.3 miles there is a rock cairn on the road, turn sharply right here. At 6.6 miles you reach a wash that is difficult to navigate, follow the cairns through the wash remembering how you got through for the return trip. At 8.8 miles park at the wilderness boundary in the middle of a big valley.

From the parking area, start hiking south down the road towards the peak. Follow the road about 3.5 miles to where it ends at a wash, hike along the wash for a 100 yds or so and then descend down into the wash. Hike up the wash another 1.25 miles until it ends and you come up to a saddle. The easy part is done, now you have to go cross country about .5 mile up and down and through several washes in a general northwest direction until you reach the western ridge that goes up to the summit area. Finding the correct ridge is probably the crux of the climb. The ridge you want is past a deep wash. Once on the ridge you can follow a climbers trail up the ridge. Just before you reach the top of the ridge, you can leave the rocky ridge and start traversing towards the summit. The summit has great views. This is a long hike and it took me almost 6.5 hours.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2987 ft / 910 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12.8 mi / 20.6 km
    Trailhead:1311 ft / 399 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dennis Poulin
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