Ascent of Martinez Mountain on 2015-03-07

Climber: James Morehouse

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, March 7, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Martinez Mountain
    Elevation:6562 ft / 2000 m

Ascent Trip Report

I camped at the Pinyon Flat Campground across from the road into the trail head on Friday night. I got a late start (6:29 a.m.) and started the hike from the camp ground, not knowing the condition of the road to the actual start of the trail. As it turned out, it was paved all the way to the parking lot, although a 4WD vehicle might make another quarter of a mile or so to the actual TH. There was no real good place to park down there, though, and the additional distance I hiked was less than two miles round trip, so no big deal. From the start of the Cottonwood Springs trail the route headed down hill, losing roughly 600' of elevation before crossing the stream. Immediately after the crossing there was nearly a 400' gain before entering a sandy wash that formed the bulk of the route. I passed the "horizontal" tree trunk marking the alternate route up Martinez and continued on in the wash for another mile and a half or so. I climbed the boulder filled gully to the summit "plateau" (wasn't really flat, despite the appearance of the topo map) and started heading to the marked summit on my GPS. I heard voices to my right where a prominent pinnacle was located, and realized that the marked summit and the real summit were two different pinnacles. This is not the first time the topo map had it wrong (Kingston comes to mind, where the marked summit was about 20' out in space from the bench mark!). A HPS group was hiking the mountain, and I saw them below me on my way to the class 3 crag. They were missing a hiker, it seems, and briefly thought I was he. In any case, I found the register on a rock below the summit. It was only a pencil case and not in the usual ammo can found on Sierra Club summits (Martinez only shows up on two lists, the DPS list, and the HPS list, that I know of). The register had some pretty contentious comments, more than I've seen before in one place. I left my pack there and made the top, but forgot my camera with the pack. Oh well. The views were not really remarkable. I headed down shortly after, and made it back to the car by sunset. BTW, the campground did not have any chemical toilets as advertised, and the highway noise was considerable. Still, it was the most convenient place to spend the night for the climb.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6197 ft / 1888 m
    Extra Gain:1832 ft / 558 m
    Round-Trip Distance:19 mi / 30.6 km
    Route:DPS route
    Trailhead:Pinyon Flat Campground  4029 ft / 1228 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, 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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