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Ascent of Kino Peak on 1995-04-13

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Thursday, April 13, 1995
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Kino Peak
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:3197 ft / 974 m

Ascent Trip Report

Named in honor of Father Eusebio Francisco Kino (1645-1711) a Jesuit priest who came to the New World in 1681. He spent the last 24 years of his life in the northern Sonora and southern Arizona area. He discovered that California was part of the mainland and established the route from Sonoyta to the Gila known as the Camino del Diablo. (Ives, p. 18) The Monument staff can provide a map and description of climbing the peak which is accurate and quite thorough. Ask for it by mail or at the headquarters.

The summit is in the Organ Pipe Wilderness area and a day-use permit is required to park at Bates Well. The fee is $4.00 per car and camping is not allowed at the parking lot. The Monument headquarters is about 35 miles south of Ajo on route 85. Address is: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Rt. 1, Box 100, Ajo, AZ. 85321 Phone: (520) 387-6849

The usual starting point for the climb of Kino Peak is at Bates Well in the northwestern part of the Monument. From the plaza in Ajo take highway 85 south for 2.6 miles and turn right on Darby Wells Road. Proceed SW for 1.8 miles and turn left onto Bates Well Road. Reset your odometer here and note the following junctions: stay right at 3.2 miles, right again at 6.5 miles, and left at 7.4 miles. Then at 10.7 miles cross a cattle guard at the Monument boundary. The road is in fair condition from here on. At 14.7 miles turn left into the Bates Well parking area. Most high clearance vehicles can drive this route, 4WD is not necessary. The summit is the square-topped peak visible on a bearing of 184 degrees. From the parking area hike south across Growler Wash and then SW for about 0.6 miles and turn south over a low saddle just to the north of peak 1554 ft. shown on the Bates Well map. Then head SE up the broad canyon for about 0.6 miles and then go due south to a saddle on the Kino Peak map at UTM 316400E, 3554100N (NAD27)with an elevation of 1800 ft. At the saddle go generally NW up a slope and around the left side of a pinnacle. From here there is a use trail and ducks that lead up to a high ridge north of the summit. Follow the ridge toward the peak and drop down on the left about 40 ft. and then contour right to the notch. Cross the notch and follow the trail NW along the face to a point where you can climb to the top. Round-trip distance is 10 miles and requires about 4 1/2 hours for the ascent and 4 hours to return. Elevation gain is 1900 ft. 4/95 RLC
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