Ascent of Mount Graham on 2014-06-17

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Alan Bernier
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Graham
    Elevation:10720 ft / 3267 m

Ascent Trip Report

After our morning ascent of Sierra Blanca Peak we drive back into AZ and arrive sufficiently early to contemplate an evening ascent. The afternoon has been thundery but the evening is looking promising. We drive the winding Highway 366, past the Shannon Campground turn, and park off the main highway just before the gate (N32.66062 W109.86484, 2800m) across the dirt road leading to the summit.

We start hiking at 6:25 or so we think, but soon realise it's getting dark and we've not accounted for the time difference from New Mexico. We see a few sign boards but no indication anywhere that we should not hike the peak. We follow the dirt road which switchbacks up at a gentle gradient. At N32.69764 W109.87304 we fork R onto a rougher track which ends close to the summit. We follow the GPS approx 70 metres to the summit waypoint, having to get over or round a few fallen trees in the dark: not that difficult. We take a more direct route back to the rocky road which we rejoin at N32.70227 W109.87147.

It's a nice enough ascent: there are views of some city lights a long way below. There are flashes of lightning to the east but it seems a long way off; no thunder. We summit at 8.40 (Arizona time!) in 1hr 20 and jog down by head torch in under an hour.

We drive back down the 366 and camp for the night, ready to head for Chiricahua Peak next morning.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1534 ft / 467 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.2 mi / 14.8 km
    Trailhead:9186 ft / 2799 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 2
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:55 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Rob Woodall
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