Ascent of Reiley Peak on 2018-01-31

Climber: Paul McClellan

Others in Party:Roxanna Baker
Gary Fabiano
Bill Hiscox
Jane Hiscox
Brian Larson
June Meyer
John Perillo
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Reiley Peak
    Elevation:7640 ft / 2328 m

Ascent Trip Report

The access road to Reiley Peak, FSR 659, has been greatly improved since February 2017. The road has been regraded and the five gates mentioned by Ken Jones (2013-02-06) have been replaced by good cattle guards. Most junctions are marked with road signs. As of January 2018 a high-clearance vehicle is still required but 4WD may be optional (leaving one wash).

Access to FSR #660
0.0 Take I-10 Exit 340 and turn North, then bear left to become Fort Grant Road.
15.5 Road becomes "Brookerson Road".
18.5 Turn Left onto Ash Creek Road at stop sign.
21.5 Continue straight off pavement onto Ash Creek Road.
36.2 Road curves right and becomes Sunset Loop. Immediately turn left onto FSR 660.

Access to the water tanks
0.0 Turn West onto FSR 660 and immediately cross a cattle guard.
0.7 Turn Left off FSR 660 and immediately Turn Left again to continue onto FSR 659.
-- Follow signs for FSR 659 at various junctions
8.4 Enter Broken Dipper Ranch
-- Head generally East and ESE across The Mesas on FSR 659
12.0 Turn Left (East) off FSR 659 to follow a fence.
12.4 Pass a water tank on your left.
12.5 Park near a gate.

We passed through the gate and descended into Brush Canyon, then climbed onto the NW Ridge and passed several water tanks. The NW Ridge is grassy and rocky. We followed cattle and game trails where we could find them up the ridge line to the summit ridge. I agree with Ken Jones that the highest point is on the southern end of the summit ridge.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2260 ft / 687 m
    Extra Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Route:NW Ridge
    Trailhead:Water Tank  5780 ft / 1761 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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