Ascent of Quartzite Mountain on 2016-03-25

Climber: Jerry Thomas

Date:Friday, March 25, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Quartzite Mountain
    Elevation:7133 ft / 2174 m

Ascent Trip Report

The trailhead is located 16.3 miles up Mormon Well Road from the Desert National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center. You will pass the Gass Peak Road, see a sign for "Yucca Forest", pass by Pine Nut Road and before entering Peak-a-boo Canyon you will see a sign for that canyon. The hike itself is very enjoyable. You follow a wash almost directly east and occasionally you will see a narrow double track. This presumably was an ATV track at some point since there is a sign at the beginning of the wash that prohibits ATVs from this area. You will see the mountain in the distance after twisting through several hills up the wash. There are a couple of prominent ridges that you may want to take to the top. The descent track of the attached GPS track follows the ridgeline that has been denuded by a wildfire. This is perhaps the easiest route. Near the top there is a rocky crag that you will have to either climb over or around. The summit block is the next crag towards the north. A short class 2.5 or 3 scramble up the crag and you are there.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1599 ft / 487 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.6 mi / 12.2 km
    Route:Peak-a-boo Canyon
    Trailhead:5534 ft / 1686 m
    Grade/Class:class 2
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 22 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 55 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jerry Thomas
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