Ascent of Sierra Arida High Point on 1995-11-24

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Friday, November 24, 1995
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sierra Arida High Point
    Elevation:1760 ft / 536 m

Ascent Trip Report

Spanish for "arid mountains" and probably named for their dry nature with no wells or natural tanks (tinajas) in the range.

This peak is in the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge and a permit is required for entry. An often used approach is from the north through the Barry M. Goldwater Range. A permit from the Cabeza Prieta Refuge will allow access through the Goldwater Range. Information on permits is at my site:

The Sierra Arida is a small range of mountains a few miles east of Tule Well in the southwestern part of the Cabeza Prieta Wildlife Refuge. The most direct driving route is to drive south from Tacna. On Interstate 8 east of Yuma use exit 42 in Tacna. This is Ave. 40E which runs north and south. On the south side of the Interstate take the unmarked dirt frontage road that goes along the fence and then heads east. Take this wide, graded dirt road east for 6.0 miles and then turn right. There is a sign here indicating the start of the Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range. Reset your odometer at the turn and head south on this road across the broad Mohawk Valley. After 23.1 miles there is a sign marking the Refuge boundary. Continue straight ahead on the road which narrows and becomes more sandy where four-wheel drive may be needed. At about 34 miles you will pass the Christmas Pass camp on the left. Soon after there is a rough spot and then park in a flat area at 37.3 miles. UTM here is 246000E, 3570800N (NAD27). The summit is SE from here on a bearing of 134 degrees. Hike SE into the broad valley with the Sierra Arida on your left for about 1 mile then turn left (E) and proceed up a canyon to point 1702 ft. shown on the topo. Follow along the ridge staying to the right side for 0.2 miles to the high point which is now in sight. The hike is 1.7 miles one-way with a gain of 750 ft. and takes about 1 1/2 hours for the ascent. 11/95 RLC
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