Ascent of Turtle Mountain on 2018-02-07
|Others in Party:||Roxanna Baker|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Wednesday, February 7, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Hi-Clearance Vehicle|
| Elevation:||7004 ft / 2134 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThis was a Southern Arizona Hiking Club (SAHC) hike led by Gary Fabiano and myself. The drive into the Turtle Springs "trailhead" via Bonita Creek was long and challenging, requiring a capable vehicle with high clearance, 4WD, and lockers. I would have turned around without Gary Fabiano (a very experienced 4-wheeler) as my copilot. The hike itself was across open country through grass and over rocky ground. Game trails helped get us through a prickly pear cactus garden and up a steep slope. The open summit provided views of mountain ranges in all directions. Should I ever revisit Turtle Mountain I will try driving in via Morenci, AZ.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||2124 ft / 647 m|
| Extra Gain:||40 ft / 12 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||3.6 mi / 5.8 km|
| Route:||West Slopes|
| Trailhead:||Road near Turtle Spring 4960 ft / 1511 m|
| Route Conditions:||Open Country|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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