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Ascent of Peak 7842 on 2021-04-03

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Saturday, April 3, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Peak 7842
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:7842 ft / 2390 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was the last of four peaks I hiked in one long loop. These four peaks hem in the Little Cinder Basin, a very popular off-road vehicle recreation area. These peaks form a rough square around the central basin, this peak being the northwest peak of the four.

I walked up a track that was pitched gently, through open forest, until the trees ended. I aimed for a black cinder hill up ahead and surmounted it. This is the north bump of the summit. The south looked higher, so I walked to it, and looking back, the north one looked as high, so I covered all bets by tagging both.

I descended down a long bare slope following a track, once again emptying my boots every ten minutes of the rocks that had got in. I got back onto FR-777 and started the two-mile walk back to my car. I was beat by now, and then a truck rolls up with a group of three burly hispanic fellows who gave me a lift back to the trailhead. They were totally cool and I appreciated their offer for the lift.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:702 ft / 213 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1042 ft / 317 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:672 ft / 204 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 642 ft / 196 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m
    Loss on way in:30 ft / 9 m
    Route:East slopes
    Start Trailhead:Basin to SE  7200 ft / 2194 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1012 ft / 308 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 982 ft / 300 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m
    Gain on way out:30 ft / 9 m
    Route:South track to FR777
    End Trailhead:FR777  6860 ft / 2090 m



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