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Ascent of Orocopia Mountains High Point on 2015-12-26

Climber: Connor McEntee

Date:Saturday, December 26, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Orocopia Mountains High Point
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:3815 ft / 1162 m

Ascent Trip Report

Followed the standard directions to the 2WD trailhead, which can be found on either summitpost or other peakbagger trip reports. The road is a little sandy at places, but any 2WD vehicle with a little clearance should be able to make it without difficulty. The only questionable part of the road to the 4WD trailhead and wilderness boundary is the moderately steep climb immediately following the 2WD trailhead.

Route finding is not completely obvious, especially since there are several paths to the summit. I never entered the wash and followed a beautiful use trail all the way to the summit with little to no brush. The only trick is in deciding when to turn away from the old road. Eventually the road goes over a little rock pinnacle and some trails obviously descend into the narrowing wash there. However, I followed it a little further and it gently descends into a small drainage that feeds the wash and quickly climbs out the other side. After this point there are a smattering a light use trails climbing a hill to the south, which all appear to coalesce on a well established use trail on the other side of the hill. This trail is very obvious from the top of the hill, and ascends the north ridge all the way to the summit.

It was a beautiful hike on a great route. Unfortunately, there were sustained high winds making the summit and upper parts of the route unpleasant.
Summary Total Data
    Route:North Ridge
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes



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