Ascent of Keystone Peak on 2011-03-27

Climber: Eric Noel

Others in Party:James N
Date:Sunday, March 27, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Keystone Peak
    Elevation:6188 ft / 1886 m

Ascent Trip Report

This mtn is fairly well covered and easy anyway. Drive towards McGee's settlement and park at the water tank on the left at 4700'. Hike from here up the mapped road sequence. The sign at the gate says several things but walking access seems to be just fine. The road is mapped as a 4WD route but it is Corolla compatible but you'll be walking it anyway. Two other 6160+ contenders vie to defeat 6188. The one just S of 6188 has a tower and isn't really in the running. The one further N can be accessed by a pair of roads that are mapped which will take you up to the obvious top. Probably lower but not certain to my naked eyes. No towers so that is nice compared to all of the crap on 6188. And it is mean P300 for what little that is worth. I hit that one on the way in and then finished on 6188 where you can find the highest ground near a five foot tall brown pipe amidst the infrastructure. Baboquivari looks cool. Otherwise, this is a fairly run of the mill cupcake trip. Incidentally, to get to 6188 just follow the main road the whole way it and it will circle around counter-clockwise and go right up to the summit even though the topo does not show that.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1568 ft / 477 m
    Extra Gain:40 ft / 12 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route:Standard Roadwalk
    Trailhead:First Water Tank  4700 ft / 1432 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Part of Trip: Keystone

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Keystone Peak-North Summit2011-03-27 a380 ft / 116 m
2Keystone Peak2011-03-27 b1568 ft / 478 m
Total Trip Gain: 1948 ft / 594 m    Total Trip Loss: 1948 ft / 594 m

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