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Ascent of Quien Sabe Peak on 2014-10-05

Climber: Scott Surgent

Others in Party:Mattias Stender
Date:Sunday, October 5, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Quien Sabe Peak
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:4884 ft / 1488 m

Ascent Trip Report

We started at the Cave Creek Trailhead off of FR-24. Due to some confusion as to where we were to meet, I hedged my bets and hiked south near a secondary forest road and waited for my partner. When he did not appear, I hiked more into Cave Creek drainage that had seen a lot of flooding in recent weeks. All hints of any trail were gone, and logs were piled up against rocky barriers (and vice-versa). I finally found the continuation of the trail, and then met with my partner, who was not far behind me but having his own troubles figuring out Cave Creek.

We hiked trails 4, 247, 246 and 250 to a saddle at elevation 4,400 feet, the cross-country southeast to the summit. No portion of the hike was technical, but it was brushy with loose rubbly rock in places, and the trail itself was overgrown in areas. It does not appear to see many hikers.

The map shows a spot elevation of 4,884 feet for the summit, but we were unsure if this is for the farthest-east summit bump, or the slightly-higher point about 200 feet to the west. I suspect the former, in which case the true summit elevation may be two or three feet higher. There is no doubt that the western bump is slightly higher. The western summit sits on a very broad rise, so the eastern summit "looks" higher from afar. But when viewed from peak to peak, the western one is higher. We visited both.

The day was warm, temps into the mid 80s as we exited. We reckoned 10 miles round trip and about 2,000 feet of gain when drop and regains are figured. I think I spooked one snake (he did not rattle), but the bugs were very thick. Still, we had million dollar views everywhere!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2200 ft / 670 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.5 mi / 16.9 km
    Route:Trails 4, 247, 246, 250
    Trailhead:2684 ft / 818 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles



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