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Ascent of Maricopa Peak on 2016-01-31

Climber: Graeme Rankine

Date:Sunday, January 31, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Maricopa Peak
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:2523 ft / 769 m

Ascent Trip Report

in South Mountain Park I parked at the small parking lot at the locked gate and East San Juan Road. I walked west on the road to the Alta Trail which heads (right) north via a series of switchbacks until it reaches the ridge line. The trail heads west up and down. I turned off the trail and followed the ridge line in the direction of Maricopa Peak. I marked the turnoff with a rock cairn. The off trail hike to the peak has some a faint trail in places.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2246 ft / 683 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2246 ft / 684 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.2 mi / 10 km
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1610 ft / 490 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1018 ft / 311 m; Extra: 592 ft / 180m
    Loss on way in:592 ft / 180 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Start Trailhead:1505 ft / 458 m
    Time:1 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1654 ft / 504 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1018 ft / 311 m; Extra: 636 ft / 193m
    Gain on way out:636 ft / 193 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    End Trailhead:1505 ft / 458 m
    Time:1 Hours 0 Minutes



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