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Ascent of Fortification Hill on 2005-11-12

Climber: Eric Kassan

Date:Saturday, November 12, 2005
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Fortification Hill
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:3717 ft / 1132 m

Ascent Trip Report

After Painter's cove, there is a sign on the road indicating four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended. So I parked and started hiking from there. The road part of the hike is trivial. At the main trailhead, the trail splits into two- one high trail to the right and a less-high trail to the left- take the left one. The right trail goes up and down along the ridgeline. The left trail keeps to the valley and gains the altitude more steadily. The trails unite in about a mile. After that, the route begins to get really tough and just gets worse until it comes to the base of the cliffs. It eventually weaves its way around to find an easy way up. Once on top, one still needs to cross the summit plateau, but that's a piece of cake since it's flat.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2405 ft / 733 m
    Elevation Loss:2405 ft / 733 m
    Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2405 ft / 733 m
    Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Trailhead:Painter's Cove  1312 ft / 399 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2405 ft / 733 m
    Distance:0 mi / 0 km
    Trailhead:Painter's Cove  1312 ft / 399 m



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