Ascent of Aztec Peak on 2013-03-17

Climber: Eric Kassan

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, March 17, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Aztec Peak
    Elevation:7748 ft / 2361 m

Ascent Trip Report

There was a surprising amount of snow when I did this hike, given a relatively dry winter. The drive up also had interest- the road (AZ 288) was signed "pavement end" about 15 miles before the pavement actually ended, and even when it ended, it was only for a few miles. FR 487 was unpaved but passable for passenger cars until at least 6200'.

The trail was not well maintained. Ignoring the seasonal issues of it being flooded in places, and having 1-2 feet of soft snow in others, there were some downed trees in places, but the biggest issue was there are bushes and trees with plentiful large thorns that overgrew the trail in places.

On the descent, I thought I would try the road (going cross country to shorten some of the distance). This was a big mistake- plenty more thorns getting to the road, and then more snow on the road than the trail!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2048 ft / 624 m
    Elevation Loss:1128 ft / 344 m
    Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2048 ft / 624 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Route:FR 487 -> Aztec Pk trail
    Trailhead:FR 487 @ 5700'  5700 ft / 1737 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1128 ft / 344 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:FR 487
    Trailhead:FR 487 @ 6620'  6620 ft / 2017 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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