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Ascent of Mount Bangs on 2013-05-04

Climber: James Morehouse

Others in Party:Eric Kassan -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Eric Kassan
Susan Murphy
Brett Sapowith <4737> Lorraine Wajda
Angela Kassan
Henry the Mountain Man
Kevin
Anji Cerney
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, May 4, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Bangs
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:8012 ft / 2442 m

Ascent Trip Report

The crux to this whole trip (Bangs, Trumball, and Logan) was the drive. Approximately 225 miles (give or take) on dusty dirt roads which had some extensive sections requiring high clearance and/or 4x4 vehicles. It was the dustiest driving I've done in quite awhile. Bangs was pretty straight forward, with a decent trail up to the summit block, then some scrambling over a large pile of large boulders to make the summit. Trumball was as boring as I remembered it from ten years ago. There is a fairly steep section up the side of it, and then a very gentle slope through a forested area. There are two high points with probably only a few feet difference between them about 100-200 yards apart. The "true" summit has no views at all (but plenty of bugs to keep you amused), while the "false" summit at least overlooks the valley below to the north. The forest on the mesa-like top (it's an old volcanic plug) has been burned badly, and most of it consists of dead trees. The use trail is easy to lose, but if one heads uphill (very gentle slope after 7500') in a generally north west direction, you'll find the high point. Mount Logan is an easy walk of just over a half mile one way, but has an outstanding view to the west and north west.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1711 ft / 521 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Route:Cougar Springs trail
    Trailhead:Cougar Springs  6301 ft / 1920 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by James Morehouse
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