Ascent of Mohon Peak on 2012-05-06

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Jeff Casey
Lindsey Smith
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, May 6, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mohon Peak
    Elevation:7499 ft / 2285 m

Ascent Trip Report

We tried multiple roads, but eventually found the directions posted on SummitPost by "Streeyyr" to work best. I've reprinted the core here:

"Start heading east on Bogles Ranch Road {listed as Trout Creek Road on Google Maps}. The road goes up and over the Aquarius Mountains. After you crest the Aquarius Mountains, you will see Mohon Peak off in the distance for the first time. It’s not visible from Highway 93 when you turn off the highway. 12.8 miles from the Bogles Road/Upper Trout Creek Road intersection, you will reach a signed intersection with Wagon Bow Road. Turn left here onto Wagon Bow Road, and drive 0.9 miles to the signed intersection with Wagon Bow Trail. Turn right onto Wagon Bow Trail, and drive 1.7 miles to the {previously} signed intersection with Torok. Turn left onto Torok, and drive 0.4 miles to the {previously} signed intersection with Great Western. Turn right onto Great Western, and start driving generally north on the main road. The main road winds its way north through some drainages, and ultimately heads for Little Mesa Tank."

To get to Bogles Ranch Road, take Lower Trout Creek Road off US 93 at virtual milepost 110.4. In about half a mile you come to a 3 way intersection where you need to make a left turn to stay on Lower Trout Creek Road. In another mile or so is the intersection with Bogles Ranch Road.

The roads are in generally great shape (passenger car friendly) through Wagon Bow Road. From there, high clearance is needed until the road descends into Winslow Canyon where a good 4WD is needed as the road is partially washed out in places. There were three crux spots- the first was the last bit of the descent into Winslow canyon, the second was about half a mile further where there was a narrow strip of road that hadn't collapsed 2 feet into a runoff channel, and the third was the 2nd hairpin turn coming out of Gonzales Canyon where the road was heavily eroded with some boulders thrown in for added challenge. Beyond that the road was decent to and past Little Mesa Tank. Shortly after the tank, a large flat clearing (former airstrip?) goes off to the right. The road becomes not passable not much further, so we took the clearing to the edge of the ridge to just east of peak 4810' and parked there.

The first challenge is to get from where one parks to the good road inside the ranch. Please note this is an ACTIVE cattle ranch with dozens if not hundreds of cattle all around. We took the more direct route on the way out where we followed the ridge east until we could see the road (involved going through a barbed-wire fence) and then crossing a steep drainage to get to it. On the way back we explored the continuation of the road we had left earlier, going cross country over easy open terrain to connect with the car. While not drivable, the road is easily walkable. It goes through an unlocked gate to enter the ranch. The gate indicated the ranch was the Oro Ranch belonging to JJJ Corporation. While it said no trespassing, I figured that it was probably just for liability reasons, and they wouldn't mind a few hikers. Once at the bottom of Dividing Canyon one must go cross-country up the canyon to reach the good ranch road.

Once on the road, it is easy to follow it to Goldwater Tank, after which one should leave the road and head north (left) to the top of that ridge. That ridge can then be followed to the summit. The only obstacle is some cliffs between about 6000' and 6200' but they are easily bypassed to the north. Through much of the ridge hike, there are cattle paths to follow to avoid brush. The terrain is filled with loose rocks, but since it's never that steep, you only need to worry about not tripping or twisting an ankle. There is a tiny bit of easy bushwhacking just below the summit. The summit has great views in every direction (Mohon is the highest peak for at least 30 miles in any direction).
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3319 ft / 1011 m
    Elevation Loss:3319 ft / 1011 m
    Distance:12.3 mi / 19.8 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3019 ft / 920 m
    Extra Loss:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:See GPS track
    Trailhead:See GPS track  4780 ft / 1456 m
    Time Up:3 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:3019 ft / 920 m
    Extra Gain:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:6.3 mi / 10.1 km
    Route:See GPS track
    Trailhead:See GPS track  4780 ft / 1456 m
    Time Down:4 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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