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Ascent of Malpais Flattop Mesa on 2011-12-09

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Mountain Man Henry The
Chris Meyer
Ed Forkos
Luba Leef
Date:Friday, December 9, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Malpais Flattop Mesa
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:2771 ft / 844 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a surprisingly scenic hike, and not just the views from the summit.

While a 4WD vehicle was used to reach the trailhead, the road was in very good condition and could likely have been handled by a passenger car.

We took the ridge containing point 2007' on the way up. There were two brief class 3 sections on the ridge, but for the most part, it was class 1-2. That said, one usually does need to focus on where one steps as the ground was often very rocky. The route started out a little steep, but then became gently inclined.

On the way down, we took the wash north of the ridge containing point 2007'. While it did have some rocky sections, it was considerably easier than the ridge.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1431 ft / 435 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1431 ft / 435 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.8 mi / 12.5 km
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1381 ft / 420 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1331 ft / 406 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Loss on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:3.7 mi / 5.9 km
    Route:Ridge containing pt 2007'
    Start Trailhead:Jumbo Wash Rd near 1440'  1440 ft / 438 m
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1381 ft / 420 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1331 ft / 406 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Gain on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:4.1 mi / 6.6 km
    Route:Ridge containing pt 2007'
    End Trailhead:Jumbo Wash Rd near 1440'  1440 ft / 438 m
    Time:2 Hours 15 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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