Ascent of Turtle Mountain on 2014-03-15

Climber: Ken Jones

Others in Party:Chris Gilsdorf
Scott Peavy
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, March 15, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Turtle Mountain
    Elevation:7004 ft / 2134 m

Ascent Trip Report

You'll need a tribal permit for this route - refer to for requirements and how to obtain one.

From Morenci AZ head north on US 191 to the signed Lower Eagle Creek road on your left. (I had a navigator in my passenger seat, and do not have exact distances. Use your map.) Follow this gravel road down to a road ford of Eagle Creek (not bad when I was there, but high clearance could be necessary at times) and continue up the other side. There is a major fork about a mile past the crossing where you will go left and follow the deteriorating road (past the mapped fork, now a trail, up South Smith Canyon) to the saddle at 5892' where you will park.

For the hike, see the attached GPS track. Conditions are generally pretty open cross-country. You don't have to go over Peak 6655 unless you want to bag it. There is a use trail connecting the saddles NW and SW of point 6388 which saves unnecessary elevation gain and loss. The trail mentioned parenthetically in the driving directions that goes up South Smith Canyon crosses the ridge at the head of the canyon and would be an alternative, though longer, hiking route.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2362 ft / 719 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2362 ft / 719 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1812 ft / 552 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1112 ft / 339 m; Extra: 700 ft / 213m
    Loss on way in:700 ft / 213 m
    Route:ridge run
    Start Trailhead:saddle road  5892 ft / 1795 m
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1662 ft / 506 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1112 ft / 339 m; Extra: 550 ft / 167m
    Gain on way out:550 ft / 167 m
    Route:ridge run
    End Trailhead:saddle road  5892 ft / 1795 m
    Time:2 Hours 5 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Ken Jones
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Note: GPS Tracks may not be accurate, and may not show the best route. Do not follow this route blindly. Conditions change frequently. Use of a GPS unit in the outdoors, even with a pre-loaded track, is no substitute for experience and good judgment. accepts NO responsibility or liability from use of this data.

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