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Ascent of Grand Wash Cliffs on 2011-02-06

Climber: Eric Kassan

Date:Sunday, February 6, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Grand Wash Cliffs
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:6769 ft / 2063 m

Ascent Trip Report

A 4WD vehicle would have greatly reduced the mileage - I walked about 5 miles up the road and 4 miles down. I recommend 4WD over high-clearance because there were numerous sandy sections.

To ascend, I took the road until it ended into private property, about 5 miles from Diamond Bar Rd. Then I followed the northeast bank of the wash to the first pass south of the peak. I stayed relatively high on the bank and even though later on this involved traversing somewhat steep terrain, the brush lower in the wash made me think I made the right choice. Even on the bank, the brush was very challenging in places, but at least it wasn't sharp. Once hitting the pass, there was a (game?) trail most of the way to the summit following the ridge. The summit had some great views (I think I saw the Grand Canyon). While the peak is visited a little more than PeakBagger.com would suggest, not by much - it gets maybe one visitor per year on average.

On the way down I headed north at about 5500', staying east of peak 5595'. This saved about half a mile, but the terrain seemed worse - not sure I would recommend it.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3009 ft / 916 m
    Elevation Loss:3009 ft / 916 m
    Distance:14 mi / 22.5 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2809 ft / 856 m
    Extra Loss:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:7.2 mi / 11.6 km
    Route:southwest ridge
    Trailhead:Diamond Bar Rd @ 4160'  4160 ft / 1267 m
    Time Up:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2809 ft / 856 m
    Extra Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:6.8 mi / 10.9 km
    Route:southwest ridge
    Trailhead:Diamond Bar Rd @ 4160'  4160 ft / 1267 m
    Time Down:3 Hours 30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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