Ascent of Sierra Estrella High Point on 2015-01-08

Climber: Patrick Leale

Date:Thursday, January 8, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sierra Estrella High Point
    Elevation:4512 ft / 1375 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove in on Riggs Road then made a left (instead of right for Quartz Peak). Had to cross several washes and the road is rutted, and sometimes rocky, near all of them. There's another road heading east below one of the towers (see GPS route for location) that will save a little bit of walking if you're into that sort of thing. High clearance is a must. My AWD CR-V didn't have any issues.

The drainage I took is a fairly easy way to the upper reaches of the range. Lots of boulder hopping, but nothing too crazy. I had to bypass a couple rougher sections where I couldn't climb directly above larger boulders. The wash spits you out right on the backbone of the Estrella range and from there, it's an easy off-trail jaunt to the peak.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3019 ft / 920 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.4 mi / 8.7 km
    Trailhead:33.249471 -112.300475  1493 ft / 455 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Patrick Leale
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