Ascent of Little Horn Benchmark on 1995-02-19

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Sunday, February 19, 1995
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Little Horn Benchmark
    Elevation:3100 ft / 944 m

Ascent Trip Report

The Little Horn Mountains lie east of the Kofa Wildlife Refuge and straddle the La Paz and Yuma county lines between Interstate highways 10 and 8. To approach the mountains from the north, take the Vicksburg Road exit off I-10 which is 27 miles east of Quartzsite. Driving south on a well-graded dirt road you will enter the Kofa Wildlife Refuge after 5.3 miles and then turn left (east) at a junction after 8.0 miles. This is junction #71 on the Kofa Refuge map. Go east for 2.5 miles and turn right (south). Reset your odometer and continue on a good dirt road where you will join Hovatter Road coming in from the left at 1.8 miles. Coyote Peak will be on your right close to the road at this time. The road will enter some low hills and go over a pass at about 11 miles before turning SW. Park at 11.7 miles in a canyon at UTM 521943. Begin the hike here by heading SE along a canyon and then up a ridge with black lava rock to a high plateau. Contour below and to the right of point 2868 ft. There is a small drop in the terrain of about two contours (80 ft.) after this point. Continue SSE and then after another 1 1/4 miles head east up to the high point. The hike is 5 1/2 miles round-trip with an elevation gain of 1420 ft. Allow 1 1/2 to 2 hours for the ascent and 1 1/4 hours to return. 2/95 RLC
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