Ascent of Mount Lemmon on 2012-03-17

Climber: Lee Newton

Date:Saturday, March 17, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Lemmon
    Elevation:9157 ft / 2791 m

Ascent Trip Report

After an early morning ascent of Chiricahua, and with a severe storm forecast the next day, I decided to go for Mount Lemmon as well. The drive across from Chiricahua and up to the top of the Mount Lemmon highway was scenic and ended at the locked gate beside the Iron Door restaurant at the ski centre. From there the road was the only sensible option as the path marked on the map was covered by deep snow. This led easily and quickly to the summit compound (again locked gate). I walked round the fence to look for the benchmark but there was too much snow to find it. Views south to Mount Wrightson were particularly fine. In the West the stormclouds were gathering, and the wind was really getting up by the time I reached my hotel in Tucson.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:817 ft / 249 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Summit access road
    Trailhead:Iron Door restaurant  8340 ft / 2542 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:35 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:25 Minutes

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