Ascent of Mohawk Peak on 2018-11-16

Climber: Richard Hensley

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, November 16, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mohawk Peak
    Elevation:2775 ft / 845 m

Ascent Trip Report

Followed the 2-track til it ended, then quickly to the base of the mountains to find the faint sheep trail that leads into the canyon above the main wash. Ascended 50 ft to more easily cross the sharp gully before the canyon.

After a week in the area, thought a gps track was all I needed for this. Should have taken Surgent's route description on Summitpost instead. Couldn't tell which fork in the 1st gully went. Thought Kassan's track went left, followed by an ascent/bypass to the right over a rib, to stay in the main gully. Started up the left fork, bypassed 1st dryfall on right side, leading into a similar bypass around the next, bigger one. But the 2nd didn't go. I could see a class 2 chute and several easy class 3 routes to get over the rib here, and to much easier terrain. The class 2 chute was loose dirt shared with a big cholla; no thanks. I tried several routes up the rock. Each looked like they should be straight-forward. But this was the worst rock I ever found myself exposed on. I couldn't believe the rock that would pull apart. It looked so easy, I couldn't help but keep trying. But I finally gave up. And glad I did. But I'd wasted an hour of my early start.

Went back to the fork, and started up the right fork. It was a little loose, but been on worse. Rest of 1st gully okay.

GPS track suggested a somewhat level sidehill left into the basin to pick up the 2nd gully. Went a little ways before cliffing out. Still wasting time, I finally just dropped down into the gully. It was only 80 ft down, but I was on terrain I was expecting: bouldery gully with some brush.

On final ridge, stayed on the right, until white rock led me through the notch to the nice (but seriously exposed) ledge on the left, with its iconic palo verde to swing around.

On descent, at the mouth of the canyon, I stayed on the south (opposite to entry) side, and it worked as well as the north side, and is better if you're parked at the road. However, it would be difficult to navigate correctly coming from the road into the canyon.

Expect some paint-scratching driving in from the north.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2725 ft / 830 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2725 ft / 830 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.8 mi / 10.9 km
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:few ci; viz 40mi dusty; breezy; pleasant
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2521 ft / 768 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2261 ft / 689 m; Extra: 260 ft / 79m
    Loss on way in:260 ft / 79 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Route:WNW gully
    Start Trailhead:Mohawk-Papago Well Rd  514 ft / 156 m
    Time:3 Hours 57 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2465 ft / 751 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2261 ft / 689 m; Extra: 204 ft / 62m
    Gain on way out:204 ft / 62 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    End Trailhead:514 ft / 156 m
    Time:2 Hours 59 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Richard Hensley
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