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Ascent of Reiley Peak on 2019-01-20

Climber: Dean Gaudet

Others in Party:Greg Gerlach
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, January 20, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Reiley Peak
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:7640 ft / 2328 m

Ascent Trip Report

attached driving track (based on paul mcclellan's directions) starts from the edge of the forest. gmaps will get you here fine, but don't ask it to take you direct to the trailhead: gmaps doesn't know the full extent of forest road 659, and it will insist on taking you through private property.

any car will make it fine to the edge of the forest, where you'll find ample camping opportunities. however FSR 659 is really a hi-clearance, all-terrain tire type of road. i would probably have used 4L in a few spots, but greg toughed it out in 2L in his tacoma. it's not a fast road... assume 1h10m one-way for the attached route.

the hike starts by dropping some 200' to a canyon, and reclimbing it out the other side, to attain the preferred ridge. there might be some way to avoid this if you explore the roads further, but we went with the well understood route.

i marked "bushwhack" because "open country" really is too generous. the route is more of a brush/cactus avoidance exercise, and with rocky hazards hidden in the grass. don't let the sat view fool you. it's difficult to move fast. there are numerous animal trails which sometimes help, sometimes don't.

there was a bit of snow on the north sides of the ridge... which could easily have been avoided, but i'm a sucker for stomping in some snow just to be able to check the "snow on ground" box.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2641 ft / 804 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2641 ft / 804 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.2 mi / 11.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2249 ft / 685 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1857 ft / 566 m; Extra: 392 ft / 119m
    Loss on way in:392 ft / 119 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Route:paul mcclellan's gpx
    Start Trailhead:5783 ft / 1762 m
    Time:3 Hours 2 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2249 ft / 685 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1857 ft / 566 m; Extra: 392 ft / 119m
    Gain on way out:392 ft / 119 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    End Trailhead:5783 ft / 1762 m
    Time:2 Hours 47 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dean Gaudet
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