Ascent of Mount Union on 2012-05-25

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Daniel Musser
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, May 25, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Union
    Elevation:7979 ft / 2431 m

Ascent Trip Report

Left Phoenix for Flagstaff. Along way drove to Breezy Pines a community nestled along a ruged mountain road with 10 MPH posting to go get my first AZ CHP. A 4x4 or at least HCV needed to go get tower, so we parked our rental car at Poland Rd and forest road 261 intersection called "5 points" (5 rough roads come together here)on the USGGS map and hiked rest of way. This 261 road is very rough shape and is best attempted by 4 by 4 or at least HCV with AWD. Mile post said 4 miles each way but we buswhacked the side of the mountain so we estimated we went 2.7 miles each way. We did not have USGGS map with us so we missed finding/using the

Left car at 8:25 AM at 7040 feet and 70 degrees sunny summitted at 9:12 AM after bushwhack last 300 ft vertical class 2 and left to go back down by 9:34 AM arriving at car at 10:04 AM. 47 min up; 22 top; 30 min. down

Saw 2 deer and 7 turkey; 40 feet add gain eachway; plus 20 for tower going down. Great views at tower but historic tower was locked at top door to go in. Interesting landscape to view in all directions despite being another tower cluttered HP
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1039 ft / 316 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1039 ft / 316 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.4 mi / 8.7 km
    Grade/Class:1 and 2
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
70F and nice
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:979 ft / 298 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 939 ft / 286 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m
    Loss on way in:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Route:FR 261 to bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Intersection of "5 points"  7040 ft / 2145 m
    Time:47 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:999 ft / 304 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 939 ft / 286 m; Extra: 60 ft / 18m
    Gain on way out:60 ft / 18 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Route:FR 261 to bushwhack
    End Trailhead:intersection of "5 points"  7040 ft / 2145 m
    Time:30 Minutes

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