Ascent of Mount Orizaba on 2019-11-25

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, November 25, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Taxicab
Peak:Mount Orizaba
    Elevation:2125 ft / 647 m

Ascent Trip Report

Finally fixed this botched attempt from 2017. This year it was dry and had not rained in 5 days. I pulled my permit from the Conservatory and had it with me. We had the Wilderness Express (the local bus from the Conservatory Trailhead in Avalon) take us towards the airport but they let you get out of you wish at the bus stop called Black Jack mountain. Nobody else got off there but by getting off there you have a more direct route than having to walk all the way down from the airport. We hiked the wide road to the junction of Black Jack Mountain and took it up (see other TR) but then afterwards headed up towards the big water tank and road junctions. I found myself running up the small bumps along the way and got a little extra vertical while Karen chugged up the road. I even ran up to the water tower. Then just around the bend, we saw a gate. A gate? I pulled my permit and said I wanted to do Orizaba and they approved it. Do they not look at the permits? or is it allowed to jump the gate? I saw no signs saying "no trespassing" and tons of people have climbed it. Later in the day we bought a trail map and it says those two maintenance roads to Black Jack and Orizaba are off limits to the public. Typical ambiguity. I was not about to fly all the way out to the island a second time and all the expenses and not get this 2k prominence peak. We hiked on up tagged the summit (it has a boundary fence that is split rail and an easy hop over and no signs either?)

On the way down we stopped at the peakbagger point 2010 and ate lunch took in the views and then grabbed the Trans-Catalina trail back up the airport to catch the next shuttle that we paid for. The trail meanders through a very interesting habitat. It also drops down to a small wetland of rush and cattails that bisects the island it very interesting since it is essentially in a dry desert but enough groundwater leaches out of the mountains to keep this area wet enough for enough of the year to exhibit wetland dependent species (and some non-indigenous landscape palms dropped by birds). We celebrated with some "bubbly" we purchased at the airport where me met Jason who manages the airport tower, maintains the place and lighting, and allowed us move our tickets from 5PM pick up to 3PM. A very nice guy

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1160 ft / 353 m
    Total Elevation Loss:685 ft / 208 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:535 ft / 163 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 475 ft / 145 m; Extra: 60 ft / 18m
    Loss on way in:60 ft / 18 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Route:see GPS track
    Start Trailhead:Saddle between peaks  1650 ft / 502 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:625 ft / 190 m
    Gain on way out:625 ft / 190 m
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    Route:see GPS track
Ascent Part of Trip: Catalina

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Black Jack Mountain2019-11-25 a678 ft / 207 m
2Mount Orizaba2019-11-25 b1160 ft / 354 m
3Mount Orizaba-Northeast Peak2019-11-25 c30 ft / 9 m
Total Trip Gain: 1868 ft / 570 m    Total Trip Loss: 1075 ft / 328 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by William Musser
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