Ascent of South Mountain on 2017-02-11

Climber: Paul McClellan

Others in Party:Michael Berry
Matthias Stender
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, February 11, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:South Mountain
    Elevation:4160 ft / 1267 m

Ascent Trip Report

Driving directions from Arizona Highway 86 about 10 miles northwest of Sells:

(I revised this after my 2019-02-16 ascent)
0.0 Turn west onto a dirt road at virtual milepost 100.8
0.8 The road drops into a sandy trench. These trench entries and exits require good clearance.
1.3 Bear Left at a Y.
1.7 Leave the sandy trench to the Right. The trench becomes quite deep and narrow for awhile here.
2.2 Bear Right at a Y.
2.8 Merge with a road from the Left.
3.2 Continue onto a better-graded dirt road.
5.2 Turn Right before a corral.
5.7 Turn Left at a Y.
6.4 Turn Right at a Y.
7.2 Bear Left at a Y.
8.1 We parked here (the road steepens and ends a short distance beyond).

I can provide a GPX track of the drive in and out to those interested.

The "East Face Trail" (Scott Surgent's 2015-04-12 miner's trail) starts at the end of the road and leads to a broad saddle at about 3750 feet. The trail is in good condition and is easy to follow except for a few very short sections. From the saddle climb west up an open ramp to the summit where we found a registry in rocks. There is another registry at the South Mountain Benchmark about 100 yards to the south of the summit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1770 ft / 539 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1770 ft / 539 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1770 ft / 539 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:East Face Trail
    Start Trailhead:Near end of road  2390 ft / 728 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1770 ft / 539 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route:East Face Trail
    End Trailhead:Near end of road  2390 ft / 728 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Paul McClellan
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Note: GPS Tracks may not be accurate, and may not show the best route. Do not follow this route blindly. Conditions change frequently. Use of a GPS unit in the outdoors, even with a pre-loaded track, is no substitute for experience and good judgment. accepts NO responsibility or liability from use of this data.

Download this GPS track as a GPX file

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