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Ascent to Goldmine Mountain-Saddle w. of top on 2016-11-20

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Sunday, November 20, 2016
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Goldmine Mountain - Saddle w. of top
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:2350 ft / 716 m
    Remaining Elevation:113 ft / 34 m (18% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

I came in from the north via the Goldmine TH, up the trail to the first saddle, then the short downhill to the second saddle, the HP visible along the ridge. From here, the rock is steep and brush-covered and looked unfriendly...

So I got clever, descended down the trail losing about 200 vertical feet, found a side trail up to a ridge, then followed that right back to the original ridge I was on. It worked great! I was just a few hundred feet west of the summit, about 100 feet below it.

A very scant use path skirts some rock outcrops, then gains steeply to an outcrop. I was forced onto the rocks. Here. things became dicey. The rock here is extremely loose and crumbly, not that nice chunky lava rock that holds together so nicely. I called it a day when trying to descend what looked like an easy 7-foot "wall". Everywhere I placed my hand or boot, the rock would give away or pull apart from the main mass. I saw what looked like more of the same ahead and decided not to bother.

I may come back. There are other possible ways up this peak.

I got to thinking - with the rock as crumbly as it was, I could literally kick and pull apart the rock outcrops if I had an afternoon free :)
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:500 ft / 152 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Trailhead:1850 ft / 563 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble



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