Ascent of Safford Peak on 2018-11-17

Climber: Rafee Memon

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, November 17, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Safford Peak
    Elevation:3563 ft / 1086 m

Ascent Trip Report

I was schedule to leave the Bay Area for the week of Thanksgiving on Sunday, but I due to the horrible smoke from the Camp Fire, I was able to move up my flights and escape on Friday. That left me with a couple extra days to wander around Arizona, but to my disappointment, I woke up feeling particularly lazy on Saturday. However, I was bored by the afternoon, and I managed to get ready and leave the house with my mom with enough time to bag an easy peak before sunset. I started the hike of the "Sombrero" from Sanctuary cove just after 3:30pm. The trail was not very well defined, but I took the trails that appeared the most worn at every junction to the top of the ridge, where I could start cruising. I left the main trail at a saddle between the peak and a knob to the east. I followed the cairns as they led me up and around to the south side of the peak and up a chute. I made the quick scamper across the summit ridge and arrived at the high point at 4:25pm. I had sweeping views of several ranges including the Catalinas, Rincons, Santa Ritas, Baboquivari, Quinlans, and Tortolitas, as well as the city of Tucson. On the way down, I descended another chute that I thought might be a more direct route back to the main trail, but it turned out to be much looser, and I fell several times. I returned to the parking lot just before 5:30pm where my mom was waiting to pick me up.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1447 ft / 440 m
    Extra Gain:62 ft / 18 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Trailhead:Sanctuary Cove  2240 ft / 682 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:51 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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