Ascent of Palo Verde Peak on 2019-01-27

Climber: Richard Hensley

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, January 27, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Palo Verde Peak
    Elevation:1760 ft / 536 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started out up the wrong wash. Just turned upslope to a powerline road, and took the 25-ft drop into the correct one. Turned out to be a beneficial error. That narrow wash is guarded by a nasty little dryfall/catclaw combo that I would not have wanted to climb. The dryfall was easy; the problem was the badly placed catclaw growing on it. The final steep slope to the SW ridge had a lot of loose scree and tallus. Quite tedious. Went up both the catwalks. But on descent, I bailed out on the lower one, to avoid a steep smooth slab that was greatly exposed. I hurried this one to beat the sunset. Ordinarily would have taken another 15 minutes each way.

Drove in the usual route from the south. Heading home, I drove out the north side to the town of Palo Verde. Similar road, maybe slightly rougher.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1232 ft / 374 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1232 ft / 375 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:bkn ci; viz 100mi; breezy; pleasant
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1157 ft / 352 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1054 ft / 321 m; Extra: 103 ft / 31m
    Loss on way in:103 ft / 31 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.4 km
    Route:SW rij
    Start Trailhead:Old Palo Verde Rd  706 ft / 215 m
    Time:54 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1129 ft / 344 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1054 ft / 321 m; Extra: 75 ft / 22m
    Gain on way out:75 ft / 22 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    End Trailhead:Old Palo Verde Rd  706 ft / 215 m
    Time:53 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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