Ascent of Little Buckskin Mountains High Point on 2015-11-22

Climber: Richard Hensley

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, November 22, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Little Buckskin Mountains High Point
    Elevation:2804 ft / 854 m

Ascent Trip Report

Began at the large gravel pullout where Old Alamo Rd (dirt) branches off from the newer Alamo Rd (paved). At the NE end of the pullout, found a couple tire tracks going NE then SE to an old dirt road that the BLM seems to want unused. Followed this road about 0.9mi (it ends soon after). From that point, I tried to make use of gametrails I'd seen on Google Earth. Funny how these can be harder to see on the ground.
At 34.11623, -113.52052, look for a gametrail that forks to the left (2track ends in another 120ft) and parallels the main wash about 50ft further left. At 1.0mi, as the flat area next to the wash ends, the trail drops down into the wash (turn around and look so you can find it on the return). The wash soon makes an abrupt left at a rock wall, followed by 2 large trees overhanging it, then a very small dry stream branching right. At this point I left the wash on the right side and found a faint game trail that stayed about 40ft right of the main wash. Staying in the wash would also work. At 1.2mi, after a right curve in the wash, I crossed the wash and picked up a trail that stayed about 50ft left of the wash. Highly recommended since the wash begins to clog with bushes and trees. At 1.5mi, the hillside steepened and the trail led back into the wash. (Again look back to recognize this later.) In 100ft pass a small fork on the left. Another 100ft there's another small fork branching right. Between this right fork and the main wash is the toe of the final ridge to climb. Presently there are several cholla and ocotillo on the left, and a cluster of palo verde trees on the right, and between a 4-5ft wall of packed stones and dirt. This wall looked very unstable, but I easily found a couple stable rocks to step up. From here, just stay on or near the crest to the top. Small class 3 outcrops can easily by bypassed to keep it class 2.
The highpoint is on the eastern-most cluster of rocks. It has a small cairn, and at this time, an orange Lufkin 25' tape measure! Within the cairn is a register placed by the DPS in 1988. Only 8 parties, mostly individuals, have signed since then, the most recent in March, 2013. Nothing spectacular, and the Little Buckskins probably don't deserve to be called mountains (less than 1000ft prominence), but it was a nice little "off-day" hike.
The contour with spot elevation 2804 is not the highpoint. The open 2800 contour to the northeast is easily 15-25 feet higher. Since I failed to properly download my planned route into my GPS, I thought I was on the 2804 spot. If I'd known this, I would have used my level to better estimate its elevation. All this runs contrary to my comments in the register about another party's "measurement", but it's not worth returning there just to correct myself!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:910 ft / 277 m
    Total Elevation Loss:910 ft / 277 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:840 ft / 256 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 770 ft / 235 m; Extra: 70 ft / 21m
    Loss on way in:70 ft / 21 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Route:NW ridge & wash
    Start Trailhead:Old Alamo Rd  2034 ft / 619 m
    Time:1 Hours 21 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:840 ft / 256 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 770 ft / 235 m; Extra: 70 ft / 21m
    Gain on way out:70 ft / 21 m
    Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
    Route:NW ridge & wash
    End Trailhead:Old Alamo Rd  2034 ft / 619 m
    Time:1 Hours 6 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Richard Hensley
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