Ascent of Eagle Mountain on 2019-03-24
|Date:||Sunday, March 24, 2019|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||5350 ft / 1630 m|
Ascent Trip ReportDecided to get this peak before it gets too hot. Had a nice sunny, breezy day. Cool breeze on top, a bit warmer than I like during the descent and desert (not-so-)flats on the return. Stopped by Mastodon Peak on my way, then headed out across the desert to the base of the canyon. It's not flat--the washes do not run the direction of travel. There are large boulders along the way, too, which can be hiked around, and brush including cactus (mostly cholla) and yucca. The flowers were awesome and I took a lot of photos. There is a lot of up and down that isn't indicated in the DPS peak guide. I ended up with 3300' on both GPS and altimeter (including Mastodon and an unplanned detour). Flushed out some jackrabbits. Heading up the canyon it works best to stay left when the canyon splits. I came down the right canyon (facing up) and it didn't go as well, although both routes are ducked. Surprised a young rattlesnake on my ascent and gave him/her wide berth. At the top of the canyon I erroneously made a right turn and had some fun scrambling on some boulders until I looked across the way and saw the "real" peak. Oh well, at least it was fun! Had lunch on top and then headed back. It seemed like there was more roller coaster up and down on the return as I tried following waypoints that my hubby thought would be a good route. Had to curve around toward the campground but then cut left to shortcut to the parking area at Cottonwood Spring. Ended up with over 12 miles for the whole thing.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||3300 ft / 1005 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Gain on way in:||3300 ft / 1005 m|
| Distance:||12.1 mi / 19.5 km|
| Start Trailhead:||2050 ft / 624 m|
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