Ascent of Dos Cabezas Peaks on 2017-03-04

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Paul McClellan -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Michael Berry
Matthias Stender
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, March 4, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Dos Cabezas Peaks
    Elevation:8359 ft / 2547 m

Ascent Trip Report

We actually had permission to walk the road. After calling (520-384-3045) numerous times and leaving messages without ever getting a callback, I was planning on leaving a message saying "we're going on this date, call me back if there is an issue with this, otherwise I will assume we have your permission", but someone actually answered and said we could walk the road to access the peak. He only answered after I started leaving the message, so you can't wait for someone to pick up the phone.

We walked the road until it ended abruptly, but learned some key things on our descent. From the saddle right below the radio facility at 7880'+, there is a nice trail just south of a fence that runs up the ridge to the radio tower- take it- it's much better than bushwhacking up the slope above where the road ends. Below that, at about 6400' on the main road, where the road does a hairpin turn from northeast to south, an old road departs to the northwest. The road quickly is lost as it was washed out when crossing a wash, but the wash continues on the other side and is in decent walking shape until it ends a bit below the saddle mentioned above (the one right below the radio facility at 7880'+), and I would recommend this cutoff, even ascending.

After the radio facility, the only challenge is finding the way up the rock-face. From the ridge just before the face, there is a large (maybe 40' tall) outcropping with quite a bit of lichen near the center of the rockface- the proper ramp goes up and to the right BEHIND that outcropping, but getting to that outcropping requires a bit of nasty bushwhacking. From there, follow the ramp as it ascends and goes around a blind corner. Beyond that it goes to a steep canyon which rapidly splits into two canyons. We took the right one which led to a bit of a challenging (but still only class 3) climb under and then over a chockstone. From there, a bit more easy, but steep, class 3 leads right to the summit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3439 ft / 1047 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3439 ft / 1047 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.3 mi / 18.2 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3389 ft / 1032 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3189 ft / 972 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Loss on way in:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:6.4 mi / 10.3 km
    Route:Road to south face
    Start Trailhead:The lowest gate on the road  5170 ft / 1575 m
    Time:4 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3239 ft / 987 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3189 ft / 972 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Gain on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:4.9 mi / 7.9 km
    Route:see GPS track
    End Trailhead:The lowest gate on the road  5170 ft / 1575 m
    Time:3 Hours 15 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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