Ascent of Kitt Peak on 2015-03-21

Climber: Lee Newton

Date:Saturday, March 21, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Kitt Peak
    Elevation:6880 ft / 2097 m

Ascent Trip Report

After my Friday night flight from Newark to Phoenix was cancelled due to a snowstorm, I flew the next morning from JFK via Orlando (ridiculous but the only thing I was being offered). Arriving too late to contemplate the original plan of Mount Wrightson, we instead drove to visit Kitt Peak observatory (very interesting, they closed the gate at the bottom of the access road in the upward direction minutes after we drove through about 4pm). After looking around the visitor centre we wandered across to the foot of the highest point which turned out to be a little scramble up some very brittle rock to the highest point. Descnding was easier using the trees as holds and we drove into Tucson afterwards for a beer or three.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:187 ft / 56 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Trailhead:Visitor centre car park  6693 ft / 2040 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:15 Minutes

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