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Ascent of Whipple Mountains High Point on 2013-12-15

Climber: BMS 914

Others in Party:Collin Kamholz
BLMhikergirl Pipps
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, December 15, 2013
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

Collin, Jodie, and I met for a trip up to Whipple Mountains High Point. I apparently misunderstood the driving directions, and took a route due east across the desert from US95, south of Havasu Lake Rd. This drive was moderately difficult in Collin's Subaru, but even worse, took a long time to reach the trailhead.

Our goal was to hit the labeled "War Eagle Mine Rd". My topo map showed a long, straight section of road running just west of the typical trailhead. Unfortunately, his road exists only on the topo map, and no sign of it was evident from our vehicle, or from the ridges on the way up. So we made to the normal War Eagle trailhead (via a road labeled "War Eagle No 1 Mine") and actually made it a few hundred yards further along than others here on peakbagger had. We could have easily gone further, but Collin was getting tired of the rough driving, and we all wanted to get hiking by that point, not knowing what we would hit further along the dirt road.

Rather than take the ridges immediately to our left (southeast) as others had, I had planned to go further south and take a more gradual ridge heading more west. The approach was in a wash, and along rolling lowlands with occasional bits of herd path. It was after 10:00 AM, so we were a little late; Collin set a quick pace, and we soon found our ridge and began working our way up. The angle was moderate but Collin and I soon got ahead of Jodie and would take occasional breaks to let her catch up. Once on the final ridgeline we got a bit too far ahead, and she got confused as to the direction. She arrived at the summit some minutes later, though her annoyance soon faded. Lunch, photos, and signing of the register followed.

Descent was by the same route, with a minor variation just before getting off the ridge. We headed off a northwestern spur that cut over half a mile off our return track. Jodie was not having any issues keeping up with Collin on the downhill, and we made very good time. I unfortunately lost my camera in a wash, and was able to backtrack just a little and look for it. I got lucky and found it, but it probably added 10 minutes to our descent time. We made it to the Subaru, and headed out, determined to find a driving route better than the one we took in. We went more north, took one road that proved too difficult, but went back some and shortly found a much better (and recently bladed) road that eventually dropped us out on Lake Havasu Road, which was paved all the way and in excellent condition. We were soon back on US95 and headed back to Las Vegas. I wish we had taken that road on the way in! Fun trip!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3094 ft / 942 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3094 ft / 942 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.6 mi / 17.1 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Sunny and a little warm
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2882 ft / 878 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2632 ft / 802 m; Extra: 250 ft / 76m
    Loss on way in:250 ft / 76 m
    Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Route:West/Northwest Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Just Past end of War Eagle Mine Rd  1498 ft / 456 m
    Time:3 Hours 8 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2844 ft / 866 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2632 ft / 802 m; Extra: 212 ft / 64m
    Gain on way out:212 ft / 64 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Route:West/Northwest Ridge
    End Trailhead:Just Past end of War Eagle Mine Rd  1498 ft / 456 m
    Time:2 Hours 16 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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