Ascent of Mount Devine on 2017-03-08

Climber: Paul McClellan

Others in Party:Michael Berry
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Devine
    Elevation:4783 ft / 1457 m

Ascent Trip Report

Driving directions:

At Arizona Highway 86 virtual milepost 130.9 turn north onto Indian Road 35.
Zero your odometer.

08.8 Continue Straight onto Indian Road 34.
14.4 Pass a dirt road on the left.
15.3 Make a sharp left turn and drive up a slope to your left to find an abandoned dirt road leading south. You will likely not see this slope as you drive past it, so stop about 0.1 mile on IR 34 before passing a large trash bin on the right. You may see a red sign off IR 34 to the right warning of buried optical cable. The abandoned road is visible if you walk up the dirt slope.

We drove the abandoned dirt road south 1.4 miles to where the road seemed to disappear. This point is just north of where the topo map shows a road junction at a spot elevation of 2451 feet. This abandoned road squeezes between palo verde trees at several points and has many 2-3 foot bushes in the middle of the track.

Hiking route:

Our ascent route had the advantage of being quite direct, but did require an extra 200 foot climb over a saddle. Our descent route off the summit was steep but fun. We descended a sandy wash with several dry waterfalls on our return which avoided some brush on the adjacent slopes. I recommend bringing a GPS with backup batteries to find your vehicle on the return.

Tohono O'odham Nation:

The phone number for the Schuk Toak District, which includes Mount Devine, is 520-383-4660. I spoke with a woman at this office. She did not tell me the reservation was closed to hiking. She took my name and phone number and told me she was going to forward my request to hike on to the district leader, but I never heard back. So I assumed it was OK to hike. We did not camp on the reservation.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2532 ft / 771 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2532 ft / 770 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.8 mi / 14.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2532 ft / 771 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2332 ft / 710 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Loss on way in:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Route:North Slopes
    Start Trailhead:4WD Road at 2450 feet  2451 ft / 747 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2332 ft / 710 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:North Slopes
    End Trailhead:4WD Road at 2450 feet  2451 ft / 747 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Paul McClellan
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