Ascent of Rice Peak-North Ridge on 2015-12-29

Climber: Kreg Ellzey

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Rice Peak-North Ridge
    Elevation:7280 ft / 2218 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is a combined trip report for Rice Peak and Rice Peak-North Ridge.

I approached the area from the north via the Oracle Control Rd. -aka- S Mt. Lemmon Rd. to the Peppersauce CG and turned right (west) driving approximately 1.6 miles along the 4WD road. Google maps lists this road's number as 29, topos don't show a road to here, only a partial trail. After finding a suitable spot to park I departed the vehicle at 1:03 pm and began hiking the 4WD roads towards the peak, first along road 29, then 4472, next 4483, and finally turning right onto the Arizona Trail for the final stretch to the peak.

I arrived at the summit of Rice Peak at 2:59 pm after approximately 4 miles of hiking. I located and photographed the RICE BM before moving down the north side of the peak towards the Rice Peak-North Ridge CoHP. After approximately 0.2 mile of travel down the north side of the peak along what appeared to be a rough trail, between oaks, and a bit of bushwacking I ended up slightly below (north of) the CoHP, per the waypoint on my GPS. So after a short backtrack I eventually located the cairn with the CoHP logbook around 3:18 pm. I signed in and after a few photos departed the North Ridge CoHP and headed back up to Rice Peak, this time more or less following the "trail" with a bit of bushwacking here and there.

My trek out was a reverse of the route up and I arrived back at my vehicle at 4:58 pm. Overall elevation gain was 2,799 ft. with a round trip hike of 8.9 miles. The views of the northern side of the Catalinas from this peak/hike are stunning. There was a bit of remnant snow still present in a couple of the shadowed areas along the road and heading down to the CoHP but not enough to hinder progress. Overall a great afternoon out.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:298 ft / 90 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2504 ft / 763 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Route:N Ridge from Rice Peak
    Start Trailhead:Rice Peak-North Ridge  7280 ft / 2218 m
    Time:0 Days 0 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2504 ft / 763 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2206 ft / 672 m; Extra: 298 ft / 90m
    Gain on way out:298 ft / 90 m
    Distance:4.4 mi / 7.1 km
    Route:Arizona Tr, 4WD Roads 4483, 4472, 29
    End Trailhead:Road 29 - 4WD Tr  5074 ft / 1546 m
    Time:0 Days 1 Hours 40 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Rice-n-Ridge 2015

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Rice Peak2015-12-29 a2501 ft / 762 m
2Rice Peak-North Ridge2015-12-29 b298 ft / 91 m
Total Trip Gain: 2799 ft / 853 m    Total Trip Loss: 2799 ft / 853 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Kreg Ellzey
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