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Ascent of Mica Mountain on 2014-04-27

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Aaron Donze
Patrick Kobylanski
Erik Tank
Date:Sunday, April 27, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mica Mountain
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:8664 ft / 2640 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was considerably longer and more difficult than I expected- the park service breaks the trails up into so many pieces that it's easy to miss a segment, and the extra elevation gain and loss is difficult to estimate. The signs on the ground are even worse- the first couple out of Manning Camp point out Mica Mountain, but subsequently, they only list trail names which we did not find helpful. The route we found was to always stay left until the final saddle between Spud Rock and Mica Mountain (at which point Spud rock is easily visible to the left. That said, the view from Spud Rock is far superior to that from Mica, so be sure to visit that summit while you are up there.

In terms of stats, please note that wrong turns and searching for the water at Manning camp added about 1.2 miles and 200 vertical feet to the ascent. Climbing Spud Rock added about 0.2 miles and 100 vertical feet to the decent.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4544 ft / 1383 m
    Elevation Loss:6464 ft / 1968 m
    Distance:21.3 mi / 34.3 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3544 ft / 1079 m
    Extra Loss:1000 ft / 304 m
    Distance:9.1 mi / 14.6 km
    Route:trail
    Trailhead:Happy Valley Campground  6120 ft / 1865 m
    Time Up:4 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:5464 ft / 1664 m
    Extra Gain:1000 ft / 304 m
    Distance:12.2 mi / 19.6 km
    Route:trail
    Trailhead:Miller Creek trailhead  4200 ft / 1280 m
    Time Down:4 Hours 45 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: 2014 Mica Mountain (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Rincon Peak2014-04-26
2Mica Mountain2014-04-27
3Spud Rock2014-04-27
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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