Ascent of Big Maria Mountains High Point on 2014-03-01

Climber: BMS 914

Others in Party:Collin Kamholz
Eric Kassan -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Eric Kassan
BLMhikergirl Pipps
Kyle Wilson
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, March 1, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Big Maria Mountains High Point
    Elevation:3381 ft / 1030 m

Ascent Trip Report

Collin, Jodie, and I arrived at the trailhead a bit later than planned, and Eric, Kay, and Kyle had decided to leave early in any event. So after parking next to Eric's Xterra, we set out after them.

The route lead up a wash, and finally up a fairly steep slope which Collin and I shot up pretty well. Once Jodie had caught up, we headed up a series of ridges, and at last made it up the summit, where we could see Eric and the gang waiting for us. Collin and I pushed up the last section being cheered on by the crowd. The summit had a pretty excellent view, and after Nutter Butters from Eric and various other snacks, we headed south towards the saddle with False Maria, which was nearby.

Please see my trip report on False Maria for the continuation of this report. GPS track shown is for the entire outing.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2386 ft / 726 m
    Total Elevation Loss:550 ft / 167 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Raining, Pleasant, Calm, Overcast
Cloudy with rain at the end
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2312 ft / 704 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2190 ft / 667 m; Extra: 122 ft / 37m
    Loss on way in:122 ft / 37 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:Gully to South Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Turnout on power line road  1191 ft / 363 m
    Time:2 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:428 ft / 130 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 354 ft / 108 m; Extra: 74 ft / 22m
    Gain on way out:74 ft / 22 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:South Ridge
    End Trailhead:Saddle with False Maria  3027 ft / 922 m
    Time:16 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Big_False Maria (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Big Maria Mountains High Point2014-03-01 a2386 ft / 727 m
2False Maria2014-03-01 b371 ft / 113 m
Total Trip Gain: 2757 ft / 840 m    Total Trip Loss: 2757 ft / 841 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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