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Ascent of Tombstone Mountain on 2017-05-18

Climber: Connor McEntee

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, May 18, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Tombstone Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:5613 ft / 1710 m

Ascent Trip Report

I had the benefit of a party of eight going through the bushwhack section less than two weeks prior, so my experience is probably not representative of the usual conditions. For instance, it took me 45m to get from the helipad to the summit, while it took them twice that long.

Anyway, the jeep road is easy going, though it drops down the ridge and climbs significantly a couple of times. There were still snow banks blocking the road going up the hill from the burrow pit, and they were large enough that I wasn't going to get across (at least not in the uphill direction). However, until someone comes through and clears out all the blowdown it's not possible to drive a full-sized vehicle that much further. Sections of the road are also quite steep, so having 4-low is probably necessary. Past the 4WD camp, there is plenty of blowdown, and some of it appeared more than a season old. I question whether any hunters are maintaining the road anymore for ATVs. Either way despite possibly having to hop more logs after each winter, the road will be in good shape for foot travel even if no one clears it.

The helipad is obvious as the jeep road abruptly ends there. I even got 4G signal (Verizon). I saw the cairn left by the group of 8 and took off into the thicket. Overall, I found the bushwhack to be not that bad. There is nothing prickly nor any poison oak. I've been through a lot worse in the PNW or the CA coast. There were only a couple sections where I needed to use my body to push through the branches obstructing the path. After about 0.25 mi as the trail turns south, it becomes less overgrown and easier to follow. I found Richard Carey's slab and left the use trail to go up the gulley. There were only two times that I had to stop and scout around for the best way through. Otherwise, the route through the brush was relatively clear using open gaps between thickets. Eventually, I traversed across the gulley up the loose northern side and scrambled over really grippy rock to forest just below the summit.

I visited both summits and suspect some of the rocks on the northern one are higher, but the summits are trivially close.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4375 ft / 1333 m
    Extra Gain:1783 ft / 543 m
    Round-Trip Distance:13.2 mi / 21.2 km
    Route:Jeep Road/Bushwhack
    Trailhead:Burrow Pit  4804 ft / 1464 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 35 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 14 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Connor McEntee
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