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Ascent of Mount Tipton on 2015-01-10

Climber: Matt Horbal

Date:Saturday, January 10, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Tipton
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:7148 ft / 2178 m

Ascent Trip Report

A nice January Adventure in NW Arizona.

5th "Street" in Dolan Springs to the TH is a bit rough. It's eroded and has a long sandy stretch that was challenging for my Subaru. As a rockier (but not rutted or nearly as sandy) alternative from the pavement 7th street to June Rd goes.

I ended up parking just inside the unlocked gate at the wilderness boundary as the road from there is somewhat rutted with no turnaround options until the wilderness register (~1mile in). Having now walked it I could have made it.

To navigate the route I loaded Eric Kassan's gpx file (from his Trip Report) and it proved invaluable. While I saw the occasional boot print and cairn I did not see trail to speak of. Once you reach the saddle at the top of the wash, the northerly of his two legs follows the rocky ridgeline. While Class 3 at times (probably avoidable) it has much less shrubbery.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3690 ft / 1125 m
    Distance:11.6 mi / 18.7 km
    Route:West Ridge
    Trailhead:Unlocked Wilderness Gate  3458 ft / 1053 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble



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