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Ascent of Tumamoc Hill on 2018-03-27

Climber: John Sarna

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Tumamoc Hill
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:3108 ft / 947 m

Ascent Trip Report

On the paved road up, besides the nice signage on the flora and fauna provided by the University of Arizona, about 300 to 500 people passed me by on the trail. On reaching the barrier across the road signed this was the end of public access, I identified three potential high points: 1) some rocks behind the shed immediately to the left -- that's in the area accessible to the public, 2) some rocks a short distance past a building off to the right, and 3) a flat area to the right of a small domed building at the end of the road. While waiting for the sunset and balancing on (1), many people stopped near the gate at the top. However, I eventually noticed a person walking to the stairs of the domed building on (3), then climb them to get the view. Looking closer, I also noticed a couple walking about near this building. Walking the dirt road to ask them about access, I found they didn't want to talk. However, on checking my location, I found it coincided with the peak-bagger coordinates for the high point, which I identified as on (3). The highest point was apparently a couple concrete pillows to the right of the domed building. Looking about, I saw the area as anything but pristine, behind a shack with sparse vegetation, obviously impacted by building the shack. If UofA would just fence off the dirt road on top along with the short stretch to the high point, where folks could see over the other side of the top, they would probably have less people wandering around there. The risk, of course, is that more people will ignore the signs and walk about trampling vegetation, but I don't see that as likely.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:790 ft / 240 m
    Total Elevation Loss:790 ft / 240 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:770 ft / 234 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 750 ft / 229 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Loss on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:Tumamoc Hill Road
    Start Trailhead:1642-1698 W Anklam Rd in Tucson  2358 ft / 718 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:770 ft / 234 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 750 ft / 229 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Gain on way out:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:Tumamoc Hill Road
    End Trailhead:Anklam street parking near trailhead  2358 ft / 718 m



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