Ascent of Pine Mountain on 2018-04-17

Climber: Paul McClellan

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Pine Mountain
    Elevation:6814 ft / 2076 m

Ascent Trip Report

Scott's SummitPost description is helpful.
For what it is worth here are my driving notes. YMMV:

0.0 Take Exit 268 (Dugas Rd/Orme Rd) off I-17. Turn East on Dugas Road.
2.4 Pavement ends.
6.7 Continue Straight.
7.2 Bear Left at a Y and cross a stream (Dugas).
7.8 Continue Straight/Bear Left at a Y.
9.7 Bear Right at a Y (Road 68) signed Pine Mountain 9 mi. County maintenance ends.
11.7 Turn Right to stay on Road 68 signed Pine Mountain 7 mi.
12.6 Cross a wash.
17.9 Continue Straight (Double T Ranch on Right).
19.2 Salt Flat Campground

The road gets rough after you leave county maintenance (9.7 mi).
I recommend good tires and high clearance.

From the CG follow the remnants of a road across the creekbed to the south to find the Nelson TH.
I found the trails easy to follow.
I also visited the rock cairn on the northern end of Peak 8200+ and the summit of Peak 6810.
Six or more coatimundis descended trees and crossed Sycamore Creek away from me on my hike out.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1934 ft / 588 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1934 ft / 588 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.7 mi / 15.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1784 ft / 543 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1664 ft / 507 m; Extra: 120 ft / 36m
    Loss on way in:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:4.6 mi / 7.4 km
    Route:Nelson, Willow Springs, Verde Rim Trails
    Start Trailhead:Salt Flat CG  5150 ft / 1569 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1814 ft / 552 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1664 ft / 507 m; Extra: 150 ft / 45m
    Gain on way out:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:5.1 mi / 8.2 km
    Route:Verde Rim, Pine Mountain, Nelson Trails
    End Trailhead:Salt Flat CG  5150 ft / 1569 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Paul McClellan
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