Ascent of Turtle Mountains High Point on 2014-01-19

Climber: James Morehouse

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, January 19, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Turtle Mountains High Point
    Elevation:4298 ft / 1310 m

Ascent Trip Report

I parked at the wilderness boundary. There were at one time a set of rocks across the road at this point, but they seem to have been moved. There is evidence people have continued driving into the wilderness all the way to the end of the road, about 2.7 miles further. At this point the road drops into a sandy wash, which is followed for another 1.25 miles. I saw a few human foot prints, and many large cat prints in this area. Once one reaches the low, broad saddle there are several possible options to climb the peak. I worked my way across the several deep washes to gain a ridge line that I could see led to the saddle between the two summits. The register has been there since 2000, and the mountain hasn't seen many visitors since then. The last sign in was on February 18, 2012 (even though there are some parties on Peakbagger claiming the peak in 2013. If so, they didn't sign in.) I could see from above a slightly better route down than the one I took up in that I stayed on the ridge all the way down into the broad drainages and made my way over the low saddle to return via the same wash and road I came up on. A very nice day.
Summary Total Data
    Round-Trip Distance:13 mi / 20.9 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by James Morehouse
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