Ascent of Carnegie Peak on 1995-04-15

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Saturday, April 15, 1995
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Carnegie Peak
    Elevation:3707 ft / 1129 m

Ascent Trip Report

The first recorded ascent was by Father Eusebio Francisco Kino (1645-1711) who with Indian guides reached the summit and slept on top on November 5, 1706. (Ives, p.43) Carnegie and nearby Cerro del Pinacate are the remains of a large volcano called Santa Clara.

The peak is in a national park and all wildlife, plants, and minerals are protected. At the southern entrance near km 51 on highway 8 there is a park office where one should register before entry. There is currently no fee for camping (4/95). Mailing address is: Coordinador de Operacion, Reserva de la Biosfera El Pinacate, Apartado Postal #125, Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico.

From the traffic circle in the town of Sonoyta, take highway 8 which goes to Puerto Penasco and at km 51 look for the green park sign on the right and the white park buildings about 200 m before the sign. After checking in with the Park Ranger, head north on the dirt road and stay left at junctions at 0.64 km(0.4mi.)and 2.3 km(1.4 mi.) At 4.2 km(2.5 mi.) turn left off the main road onto the road which will head west to the mountain. Follow this road for 18.3 km(11.4 mi.) where you will come to a parking area at a place called the Red Cones. A 4WD or high clearance vehicle is needed to reach this spot. UTM for the Red Cones is: 268298E, 3517726N (NAD27). Carnegie peak is visible from here on a bearing of 92 degrees. The shortest hiking route is to proceed SW skirting most of the lava field and then up a ridgeline to the south side of Carnegie. The SE slope is a direct route to the top, but is very soft and it is a real struggle to get up this slope. An alternative is to continue around to the west side and ascend a more stable slope which is between Carnegie and another small unnamed hill to the west. The SE slope makes for a quick descent. Cerro del Pinacate is 1.2 km to the west and can be done easily from Carnegie. The climb of Carnegie takes about 2 1/2 hours and the elevation gain is about 770 m (2530 ft.). 4/95 RLC
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