Ascent of Black Canyon Wilderness High Point on 2018-12-30

Climber: BMS 914

Others in Party:Anji Cerney
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, December 30, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Black Canyon Wilderness High Point
    Elevation:2832 ft / 863 m

Ascent Trip Report

Anji drove her low clearance Scion to the junction of two jeep roads, and decided not to push her luck and parked. Maybe 100 meters down the road, the road became fairly sandy, and would likely led to traction problems for her vehicle's road tires. We walked down the road, eventually veering off on another closed jeep road at a junction and a wilderness boundary sign. The new road got better after 50 meters or so - apparently someone (BLM?) put a bunch of toaster-sized boulders on the beginning section to dissuade further travel.

The road continued for a while, then ended at a flat circle on the side of a hill. We continued across open terrain strewn with more toaster-sized boulders and various plants (mostly creosote bush, a few mild cacti, and the like). After descending gradually into a wash, we hit the summit ridge, and made our way steadily to the top, which was at the far (southern) end of our ridge.

The summit was a outcrop of larger rocks. Anji freaked at the large tick on her quad (atop her pants), creating much amusement. We found a large shed snakeskin just feet below the summit, and we relieved not to find the serpent it belonged to, even though it was only about 65 degrees F. A search of bushes just below the summit yielded yet another tick, so we opted not to plow through and of the short dry twiggy plants on the way back.

The route down was slightly varied on the final ridge, and we ended up side hilling a bit which proved to be less pleasant than the top of the ridge. We hit the jeep road again, and headed back to the car. Though we did toy with trying a couple of the other small peaklets in the area, we eventually decided better of it as none were even close to 300 feet of prominence.

Once reaching the car, Anji pulled out, cutting off a blue or black Honda Accord that came from the direction we hiked (and out of the middle of nowhere). So apparently the sand wasn't so deep as it seemed under our boots. What the young woman in the car was doing out there, I have no guess.

Fun outing!
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High Point is rounded knob at far right (South end) of the ridge (just before it drops off) (2018-12-30). Photo by BMS 914.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1348 ft / 410 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1348 ft / 410 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.5 mi / 13.7 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Clear and sunny
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:942 ft / 287 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 644 ft / 197 m; Extra: 298 ft / 90m
    Loss on way in:298 ft / 90 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Route:Jeep road & North Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Junction of Canyon Point and a no-name road  2188 ft / 666 m
    Time:1 Hours 53 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1050 ft / 320 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 644 ft / 197 m; Extra: 406 ft / 123m
    Gain on way out:406 ft / 123 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Route:Jeep road & North Ridge
    End Trailhead:Junction of Canyon Point and a no-name road  2188 ft / 666 m
    Time:2 Hours 7 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by BMS 914
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