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Ascent of Whipple Mountains High Point on 2012-01-21

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Anji Cerney
Date:Saturday, January 21, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Whipple Mountains High Point
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:4130 ft / 1258 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a surprisingly beautiful hike, starting with the drive in. The power-line road coming in from Havasu Lake Road was in great shape, and, in the middle, went through a really beautiful red-rock area. When hiking, the wash often went through colorful and striking rock layers. While our view from the summit was obscured by blowing dust, we caught some views during our ascent that led us to believe the summit views would be spectacular with clear air.

Once in and around the main wash, there was a faint use trail for a surprising amount of the rest of the hike, including some cairns in the steeper places.

The final ascent is rather steep with much of it on loose terrain. Next time I plan to try to ascend the ridge from the west as it looks considerably more gradual.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2850 ft / 868 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2850 ft / 867 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.7 mi / 18.8 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2800 ft / 853 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2650 ft / 807 m; Extra: 150 ft / 45m
    Loss on way in:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:5.9 mi / 9.5 km
    Route:see GPS track
    Start Trailhead:War Eagle Mine  1480 ft / 451 m
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2700 ft / 822 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2650 ft / 807 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Gain on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:5.8 mi / 9.3 km
    Route:see GPS track
    End Trailhead:War Eagle Mine  1480 ft / 451 m
    Time:3 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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