Ascent of Maricopa Peak on 2021-04-13

Climber: Paul McClellan

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Maricopa Peak
    Elevation:4084 ft / 1244 m

Ascent Trip Report

Driving Directions:

0.0 Drive to Big Horn Station on the south side of I-8 at virtual MP 136.5.
Cross the freeway median if necessary and drive south through an unlocked gate.
0.1 Pass by an information kiosk and sign in. Follow BLM Road 8011 south.
0.3 Continue Straight.
0.4 Cross a gravely wash.
0.5 Turn Left onto BLM Road 8015 at a Y junction.
2.5 Gate 7A – pass through; you are entering Area A of the Sonoran Desert National Monument.
You are required to have an annual permit available from
You will soon need high clearance to continue on this road.
4.5 Bear Left to stay on Road 8015 and cross a wash (Road 8015A climbs to the right).
5.5 I parked where Road 8015C turns left (Road 8015 worsens from here).

Climbing Notes:

My ascent route included extra gain on the ridge but the route was open.
My descent route lost elevation efficiently, but then required crossing several washes and low ridges.
Should I return I would likely use my ascent route for the descent as well.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2574 ft / 783 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2574 ft / 783 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2224 ft / 677 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1874 ft / 571 m; Extra: 350 ft / 106m
    Loss on way in:350 ft / 106 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:NW Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Road 8015  2210 ft / 673 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2224 ft / 677 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1874 ft / 571 m; Extra: 350 ft / 106m
    Gain on way out:350 ft / 106 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:N Slopes
    End Trailhead:Road 8015  2210 ft / 673 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Paul McClellan
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