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Ascent of O'Leary Peak Lookout on 2022-09-28

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Others in Party:Katrina
Date:Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:O'Leary Peak Lookout
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:8916 ft / 2717 m

Ascent Trip Report

From the true summit, we backtracked down to the saddle and took the road the rest of the way to the lookout which is only slightly lower. Driving south to get here this morning, the sunrise illuminated the lookout tower like it was one of those table relief maps where you press a button to light up a bulb on top of a peak you are trying to locate. It signaled, "this is where you are going!" The tower itself is large, but not tall, and we met Mallory, the live in forest lookout. We chatted with her a bit and took in the fantastic views from Humphreys, to Sunset Crater (below us), to the Painted Desert, and the Grand Canyon. We then went to the rock outcrop which marks the top of this subpeak, just beyond the tower. There was supposed to be a register here, but we forgot to look for it.

On the way down we saw a horned toad scurry out of the metal plates on highest pitch of the road. Lower down it started to heat up and was into the 80s by the time we got to the car.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:365 ft / 110 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2351 ft / 716 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.3 mi / 8.5 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Weather:Hot, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Descent (To Destination) Statistics
    Gain on way in:280 ft / 85 m
    Loss on way in:302 ft / 92 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:O'Leary Lookout Trail
    Start Trailhead:O'Leary Peak  8938 ft / 2724 m
    Time:15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2049 ft / 624 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1964 ft / 599 m; Extra: 85 ft / 25m
    Gain on way out:85 ft / 25 m
    Distance:4.9 mi / 7.9 km
    Route:O'Leary Lookout Trail
    End Trailhead: O'Leary Trailhead  6952 ft / 2118 m
    Time:1 Hours 57 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: O'Leary

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1O'Leary Peak2022-09-28 a2071 ft / 631 m
2O'Leary Peak Lookout2022-09-28 b365 ft / 111 m
Total Trip Gain: 2436 ft / 742 m    Total Trip Loss: 2436 ft / 743 m



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