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Ascent of Music Mountains High Point on 1998-10-05

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Monday, October 5, 1998
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Music Mountains High Point
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:6697 ft / 2041 m

Ascent Trip Report

Named either after James Music an old time prospector or in 1854 by Lieut. J.C. Ives since the regularity of the strata and erosive work on the west face which gives it the appearance of a sheet of music. (Barnes, p. 293)

The summit is on BLM land however, the best approach is from the east through the Hualapai Indian Reservation. A permit may be obtained from the Wildlife Conservation Office in Peach Springs during normal business hours. A one day hiking permit is $5.00.

The easiest approach to the high point is on the east side through Hualapai Indian land. From the town of Peach Springs drive west on route 66 for about 2 miles until you reach Buck and Doe Road. This paved road is clearly marked. Drive north on this road which turns into a very good, graded dirt road after 3.5 miles. Drive north for a total of 23.7 miles to a corral and tank on your left. Then in another 1.3 miles there is a gate on the left. UTM here is 247690E, 3952630N (NAD27). Open the gate in the barbed wire fence and drive in on this poor road. A 4WD vehicle may be needed to get over some of the washed out spots on this seldom-used ranch road. After 1.6 miles there is a corral on your right. At 2.25 miles there is a windmill and tank on the left. At 3.0 miles pass under a power line. At about 3.4 miles is a good place to start the hike. One may need to drive further to turn around. UTM at this trailhead along the road is: 243500E, 3950630N. From here the summit is 1.27 miles on a bearing of 190 degrees. Hike south up the slope to a saddle on a NE-SW running ridge. From here go right along the ridge and contour left crossing a barbed wire fence before heading up a slope to the top of a hill. On top the true summit is SW and there is a drop of about 200 ft. in between. The hike takes about 1 hour to the top with a gain of about 1500 ft. 10/98 RLC
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