Ascent of Tucki Mountain on 2014-05-03

Climber: James Morehouse

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, May 3, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Tucki Mountain
    Elevation:6726 ft / 2050 m

Ascent Trip Report

(Modified from Greg Gehrlach's directions, with some corrections) I followed the driving directions for DPS Route B except that I made the sharp right turn at 1.3 miles, not the 1.6 miles mentioned in the guide, and the fork at 2.4 miles no longer exists because the road that branched right has been blocked off by a sign that states "Wilderness Restoration-Foot and Horse Traffic Only". I was able to drive to the 4 wheel drive trailhead per the DPS Guide, but next time I would park on the main road about 1500' east of the 4 wheel drive turnoff, then hike north to a 5,200' saddle to reach the Martin Crossing sign mentioned in the DPS guide. There was one spot on the drive in that was difficult, and I had no one to spot me, so I had to spot myself. I had to use 4x4 LOW to negotiate it. After that, there was a spot where the road went over bed rock and I had to travel with care over it, otherwise, the road was good to fair. I parked at the 2W parking, as there was a large, flat area which was suitable for camping, flat and I was tired anyway. I got up at five a.m. the next day, and set out up the 4x4 hill and down into the valley that the Martin Crossing is located. The route from Martin Crossing is pretty straight forward following Route B of DPS Guide. After dropping down into that valley, one must find a wash to ascend to the first ridge. Follow it up to where it is obvious one must drop down to yet another saddle before ascending yet another ridge. There is about a 200' drop to yet another saddle before the final push to the peak. The hike from my starting point came in at just shy of ten miles round trip.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Weather:Hot, Windy, Clear
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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