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Ascent of Coyote Mountain on 2019-02-16

Climber: Dean Gaudet

Others in Party:Keith Christensen
Greg Gerlach
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, February 16, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Coyote Mountain
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:6529 ft / 1990 m

Ascent Trip Report

i think our main contribution here is to suggest josef nuernberger's route after you reach the saddle west of 5796. we weren't paying attention to the tracks, and we started up the ridge going west before we realised that the trail had gone some 200' downhill to sidehill SW. going straight up the ridge requires some route-finding, and some scrambling. keith went a separate way from greg and me, but we all met up again later up the ridge, so there are at least two routes which go.

on the way back we decided we'd try the "trail", following one of various other tracks... we were disappointed. this "trail" along this segment is worse than anywhere else, and you end up having to climb an additional 300'+ and going extra distance just to rejoin at the saddle near 5796 again. in retrospect we all agreed that our earlier direct route was preferred for this section.

attached track highlights the difference between the two routes. it has a mistake around 4700' where we lost the trail on the ascent (approaching the first ridge), but on descent it was easy to stick on the trail.

numerous times, high up on the mountain, i wish i had brought clippers, loppers, and a hand saw to clear brush from the trail. i also regretted not wearing knee high gaiters to provide armour against a particularly nasty plants which i think are called "shin dagger". they look so innocent, but they stab your shins, and you frequently can't avoid them.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4000 ft / 1219 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4000 ft / 1218 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.2 mi / 16.4 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3629 ft / 1106 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3534 ft / 1078 m; Extra: 95 ft / 28m
    Loss on way in:95 ft / 28 m
    Distance:4.9 mi / 7.9 km
    Route:nuernberger
    Start Trailhead:2995 ft / 912 m
    Time:5 Hours 24 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3905 ft / 1190 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3534 ft / 1078 m; Extra: 371 ft / 113m
    Gain on way out:371 ft / 113 m
    Distance:5.3 mi / 8.5 km
    Route:mcclellan
    End Trailhead:2995 ft / 912 m
    Time:4 Hours 43 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dean Gaudet
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