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Ascent of Peak 2744 on 2017-03-24

Climber: James Clisset

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, March 24, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Bicycle
Peak:Peak 2744
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:2744 ft / 836 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked my truck at the 15E entrance to BMGR (route B), grabbed my mountain bike, and started pedaling south. I took the bike because I wasn't sure if the old 2WD Ranger could handle the roads, though on reflection the primary and secondary roads would have been easily doable (perhaps no tertiary). Turned left at the B1 intersection, and ended up doing a considerable amount of walking on this stretch due to the sheer quantity of rocks. Took a left at the B1A intersection, then started pedalling again to the kink in the road perhaps a mile in. There was a faint road to the left heading down into the wash of interest, and I pedaled down here for a couple hundred yards then parked the bike.

Hiked east down the main wash. The length of this wash is interminable, but I continued following it all the way until it pretty much ends northwest of Peak 2744. I took one of the last gulleys to the right, which ended up with minimal cholla and only a couple easy class 3 sections, and ended only a hundred or so yards from the summit. On the peak was a cairn, but no register that I could find.

One curious thing I noticed, was quite a few items that looked like they may have come from a crashed airplane? There were parts all along the wash and all the way up to within several hundred feet of the summit. Parts included a couple of large aluminum hubs. (This is way too far south to be related to the WW2 bomber wreck on Fortuna Peak.)

After summiting, returned the way I came (the wash again...), except for on the mountain bike, where I took a left at B1A then a right at B2, which was by far the better choice. Total time approximately 6 hours.

Note that all hiking on BMGR requires a permit, which can be obtained at MCAS Yuma (in person or by mail). All road markings indicated herein refer to intersections on the BMGR map provided with the permit (and also online).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2304 ft / 702 m
    Trailhead:440 ft / 134 m
    Grade/Class:Class 3 (minimal)
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Bicycle
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear



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