Ascent of Turret Peak on 2009-02-23

Climber: Jerry Nelson

Date:Monday, February 23, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Turret Peak
    Elevation:5840 ft / 1780 m

Ascent Trip Report

We parked at Bishop Creek a short distance east of Rugged Well. The stream was just high enough that we felt uncomfortable driving across. We followed the road a bit more than a mile, then up Bishop Creek to a side stream that took us to a ridge coming down the west side of Turret. From here it was a steadily steeper bushwhack up through two broken cliff faces. As is usually the case, what seemed to be the summit from just below was false and we continued farther through loose rock and mud from freshly melted snow. The last few feet took us up through very steep and slippery ground and vegetable belays. Views from the top were high quality although sky conditions were not the best for photography. Photos here.

The summit is the location of a famous Apache Indian battle in 1873. Read
the history.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1400 ft / 427 m
    Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Trailhead:4440 ft / 1353 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack, Scramble

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