Ascent of Turtle Mountains High Point on 2012-02-18

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:BMS 914 -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Brett Sapowith
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, February 18, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Turtle Mountains High Point
    Elevation:4298 ft / 1310 m

Ascent Trip Report

To navigate the dirt roads, one can follow Google Maps as far as what it shows as the end of Horn Spring Road. From there, look at the topo map, and follow the obvious route. The dirt roads to the trailhead were worse than I was expecting - it took about an hour from the pavement to the trailhead. At one point the road was re-routed and is fairly decently marked with cairns. Note that there is currently no marking of the wilderness boundary (changed?), and there was evidence that people have driven beyond even the end of where the topo map indicates the road ends (700m).

From the end of the road, one can follow the prominent wash around to the north. Once one passes out of the wash and over a minor saddle, one can start heading up towards the ridge that heads southwest towards peak 1285m. There is a decent use trail on top of that ridge. If one stays low approaching that ridge, one will need to cross numerous washes (some of them deep) whereas if one heads up to meet the ridge at about 1050m, one can bypass most of them.

There is a cairn at a good spot to leave the ridge and traverse over to the saddle between peak 1285m and the high point, but I did not see any evidence of trail between those points. Once at the saddle, the use trail resumes to the summit. Awesome views the whole day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2768 ft / 843 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2768 ft / 842 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.8 mi / 19 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2718 ft / 828 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2518 ft / 768 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Loss on way in:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:See GPS
    Start Trailhead:Road @ 1780'  1780 ft / 542 m
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2568 ft / 782 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2518 ft / 768 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Gain on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:5.8 mi / 9.3 km
    Route:See GPS
    End Trailhead:Road @ 1780'  1780 ft / 542 m
    Time:3 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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