Ascent of Newman Peak on 2016-02-05

Climber: Paul McClellan

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, February 5, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Newman Peak
    Elevation:4480 ft / 1365 m

Ascent Trip Report

Driving Directions:

Take Exit 219 off I-10.
0.0 mi - Zero your odometer at the Frontage Road on the east side. Turn right and head south.
5.0 mi - Turn Left onto paved Park Link Drive and cross two railroad tracks.
5.8 mi - Turn Left onto paved Pecan Road. Head north on good pavement.
10.8 mi - Continue Straight onto a primitive dirt road as the pavement continues right on Harmon Road.
10.9 mi - Turn Left onto another primitive dirt road.
11.6 mi - Pass through a gate onto State Trust Land (permit required).
Immediately Turn Right and drop into a broad wash.
11.9 mi - Climb out of the wash and immediately Turn Right.
12.2 mi - pass through a second gate as you cross over the buried CAP Canal.
12.3 mi - Turn Right, then cross a short wash.
12.5 mi - Cross a cattle guard.
12.6 mi - Bear Right towards a bridge over the CAP Canal.
12.7 mi - Cross the bridge and Bear Slightly (not hard) Right.
12.8 mi - Turn Left at a fork.
13.2 mi - Pass camp sites.
13.3 mi - Continue Straight at a junction (not right).
13.4 mi - Turn Right at a T junction and follow along a fence.
14.4 mi - Turn Right at a T junction and pass through a wire gate.
15.3 mi - I camped at 2190 ft elevation.
15.5 mi - Pass the fenced game water facility (do not camp within 1/4 mile).
The road soon drops down into a wash and gets rougher.
15.9 mi - Turn Right at a junction.
16.4 mi - Road ends.

Climbing route:

I hiked up the road from my camp, then headed cross country for Point 2880. From there I traversed upwards to the north below the ridge Dennis Poulin took on 2011-03-01 to the ESE ridge across a wash and north of his route. About midway up the ESE ridge I scrambled up firm slabs. I traversed over talus and through brush below and north of cliffs of Point 3960 to reach the open ridge leading to the summit. I found a registry and a benchmark at the highpoint between buildings.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2290 ft / 697 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Route:ESE Ridge
    Trailhead:Road 0.2 mile below Game Water  2190 ft / 667 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Paul McClellan
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