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Ascent of Mount Wilson on 2009-12-31

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Can't Find ClimberID 2510
Date:Thursday, December 31, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Wilson
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:5445 ft / 1659 m

Ascent Trip Report

We only made it in half a mile on the three mile "drive" to the trailhead from Temple Bar Road. The road part of the hike, which continued for about 2.5 miles past the trailhead was pretty good, though it did merge with the main wash a couple times towards the end.

From there (the water tanks), the main trail apparently headed up the main wash to the southwest (even though it could have gone more directly taking the wash going north west). When reaching the ridgeline that way, one comes up south of Peak 5043. We headed around the west side, but it was not a good route, and we ended up climbing most of the way to the summit anyway. If I had it to do over again, I'd have tried to go around the east side, but Lori suggested going over the summit would have been easiest.

Once past Peak 5043, the ridgeline works well the rest of the way (the other summits involve little downclimbing).

The view from the summit was fantastic!

On the way down we took the canyon northwest of Peak 5013 for a little while then headed south into the canyon west of Peak 5013. It was a great route - not only more direct, but less bushwhacking too.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4475 ft / 1363 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4475 ft / 1363 m
    Round-Trip Distance:14.5 mi / 23.3 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4225 ft / 1287 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3725 ft / 1135 m; Extra: 500 ft / 152m
    Loss on way in:500 ft / 152 m
    Distance:7.5 mi / 12.1 km
    Route:Missouri Springs Route (hit ridge S of Pk 5043)
    Start Trailhead:.5 mi west of Temple Bar Rd. towards Missouri Spri  1720 ft / 524 m
    Time:5 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3975 ft / 1211 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3725 ft / 1135 m; Extra: 250 ft / 76m
    Gain on way out:250 ft / 76 m
    Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Route:Ridgeline S to canyon NW of Pk 5013
    End Trailhead:.5 mi west of Temple Bar Rd. towards Missouri Spri  1720 ft / 524 m
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes



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