Ascent of Tanque Verde Peak on 2014-01-11

Climber: Tim Trousdale

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, January 11, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Tanque Verde Peak
    Elevation:7040 ft / 2145 m

Ascent Trip Report

Much of the elevation gained occurs in the first 3 miles as you climb though the rocky desert landscape with excellent views of Tucson. From there the trail becomes a bit less steep and the landscape shifts toward to a grassland environment. While the trail appears to be frequented by a number of parties, few seem to venture out past 3 miles from the trailhead. The next few miles to Juniper Basin has a couple of elevation gains and losses. There are several areas where grass and agave encroach on the trail but for the most part it is well marked and maintained. The final 2 miles to the summit gets steep again and in order to actually stand on the summit you will need to climb up a small section of rock. The 360 view is pretty spectacular.
Garmin GPS
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4876 ft / 1486 m
    Extra Gain:476 ft / 145 m
    Round-Trip Distance:18 mi / 28.9 km
    Route:Tanque Verde Ridge Trail
    Trailhead:3116 ft / 949 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 52 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 17 Minutes

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