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Ascent of Mount Wrightson on 2009-03-30

Climber: Tim Trousdale

Others in Party:Dr Symonds
Date:Monday, March 30, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Wrightson
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:9453 ft / 2881 m

Ascent Trip Report

Made the ascent from the seldom-frequented east side. The road to the trailhead requires a sterdy 4WD due to creek crossing and rocky grades. Also, the road remains closed off about a mile from the Gardiner trailhead. The trail starts off clear but becomes very difficult to find. Fires, fallen trees, and ashy soil have obliterated the pathway between 7800' and 8400'. Instead of trail hunting the Doc and I went VFR toward the summit where we met up with the well maintained Super Tr. The views are outstanding from the trail and conflagration left behind a very unique almost moonlike landscape. The peak itself provides a clean 360 view.
Map Route
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3503 ft / 1068 m
    Elevation Loss:3503 ft / 1068 m
    Distance:11 mi / 17.7 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Very Windy, Clear
Dust and Haze due to winds
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3503 ft / 1068 m
    Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Route:Gardiner Trail to Super Trail
    Trailhead:5950 ft / 1813 m
    Time Up:4 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:3503 ft / 1068 m
    Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Route:Same
    Trailhead:5950 ft / 1813 m
    Time Down:2 Hours 40 Minutes



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