Ascent of Crossman Peak on 2011-12-16

Climber: Eric Noel

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, December 16, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Crossman Peak
    Elevation:5100 ft / 1554 m

Ascent Trip Report

I used Scott Surgent's TR for the approach and that was helpful. My experience fwiw:

0.0 miles Right on Palo Verde South
2.1 miles Right on Kiowa
5.0 miles Right on Bison
5.6 miles end of pavement
6.9 miles go Left of old concrete foundation, descending into wash
7.1 miles go Left and curl clockwise around 30' high gravel bump
7.2 miles Pass under powerlines
8.0 miles Left at a fork
8.4 miles Left at a fork. This part is confusing because the fork is not where it is shown on the map. It is further in at about 34.543, -114.237 or perhaps 500 feet further in than the fork shown on the map.
9.2 miles right at a faint fork (maybe not noticeable)
Continue to about 3200' at a switchback right at 34.552, -114.211. Park here.

I can't give exact mileage for the parking spot because I parked earlier, not knowing what was ahead, but the location mentioned above has better parking and the road to get there is no worse than what you have driven. I wound up driving through a wash at the mapped junction on the way in but discovered that the junction had been moved as I exited. Road is rocky and bumpy but fine for any high clearance vehicle (if dry). Borderline for cars. The section as you descend into the wash is also confusing as the wash is laced with ATV trails and shooting ranges but just head up the middle of the wash toward the powerlines and it should all funnel together quickly.

The route is easy. Walk up a road that shows on the map as a jeep trail. Not a single junction along the way. This is maintained to get to the towers and is in good shape though quite steep. Just after you park you'll round a corner and come to a locked gate at 3300'. Mentions No Trespassing for ATT and Global Towers property but the lack of other signage indicates this applies to the towers only. Continue on the road as mapped to the Sunrise Mine. Tailings and a shaft on the L at 4200 and then you'll switchback up to the other shaft right on the road at 4400'. Kinda cool but of course don't go in these old unsafe mine holes. A third shaft can be seen off road at 4300' between the two. Just before the 3rd shaft you'll come across a second locked gate with more Global Towers negative signage. Again, this applies only to the towers I believe. The map shows the road ending here but in fact it makes its way up to the West Ridge at 4750' where the towers are. Once at the towers, spot a bushy tree and to the Left of this is a flat bootpath trail heading up to Crossman. It stays generally on the N side of ridge, stays low below some outcroppings at perhaps ~4850 and crosses over the ridge at 4900' and then sticks mostly to the South side of the ridge. Easy travel even if you don't find the bootpath. Cairn and pole on top with register. Popular peak, presumably due to the proximity to Lake Havasu City. Windy on the ridge. Wide views. It's a roadwalk hike and it has towers so not the most scenic but still it is a nice winter exercise trip. Quick travel due to roadwalking. Maybe 3-4 hours round-trip at a modest pace.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2200 ft / 670 m
    Extra Gain:10 ft / 3 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:Sunrise Mine Road
    Trailhead:Falls Spring Wash  2920 ft / 890 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy

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