Ascent of Sierra Estrella High Point on 2018-02-18

Climber: Jon Adams

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, February 18, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sierra Estrella High Point
    Elevation:4512 ft / 1375 m

Ascent Trip Report

Ever since we moved to the Phoenix area 18 years ago, the high peak on the Sierra Estrella range has been one of those that'd I knew I had to do "one day".  Last Sunday became that day.

The Sierra Estrella range is part of the Phoenix skyline, and the high point at 4512' really stands out from the rest of the range, which maxes out around four thousand feet. The high point is just 17.0 miles from downtown Phoenix at 1080', so it's the highest peak anywhere near downtown.

Read up on hilltop via Scott Surgent's site ( and different ways to summit peak. Cheekily prepared for climb by drawing more or less a shortest path on Google Earth (paying some attention to slope), downloaded it to Garmin GPS60csx, then followed it up the hill. Was somewhat grueling. Reached peak in about 4-1/4 hours from parking area at end of Ocotillo Rd alignment. Located and signed in the peak register.

Downhill different route, similar to Surgent's, but different enough %^). Lots of cholla of all kinds, saguaros, barrels, no critters seen. Radio site at top of mountain still there. Nice view. Last mile to truck was a death march. Signed trail log.

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Summary Total Data
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
mostly clear, wind from SW at 10
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jon Adams
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