Ascent of Mount Turnbull on 2016-04-02

Climber: Richard Hensley

Others in Party:Eric Kassan -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Paul McClellan -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Kay Komuro -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, April 2, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Turnbull
    Elevation:8282 ft / 2524 m

Ascent Trip Report

This report is to elaborate further on Eric's report, which you should read first.

The road we took up, and strongly discourage, is about 10 miles from US-70 on Calva Rd (Google Earth labels Coolidge Dam Rd). It is labeled "556" on Google Earth, though I didn't pay attention to any signage. This road resulted in many stops to move rocks or assess ruts, including one rock that wasn't moved and resulted in a puncture of a very good off-road tire. There were no signs of recent usage after the first difficult drainage crossing.

The road we descended is only about 7 miles from US-70. Google Earth labels it "560", although I thought the badly faded carbonite sign said "660". Zero your odometer. These mileages came from my handheld gps, so they may need adjusting. At 2.1mi, fork right. At 3.5mi, fork right going across a wide wash and starting up a minor ridge. At 6.6mi, stay straight SSW bound. At 8.6mi, on a major saddle offering expansive views west, turn left and start ascending a prominent ridge toward the top. I recommend parking in a right curve at 9.3mi, at 33.08874, -110.27883, about 5920msl. We drove another 0.3mi and gained 330ft, but one section was steep, slanted, and a little loose. Not worth it.

Taking the left at 3.5mi will also work. After a couple miles, take a right fork, and it rejoins our route at the aforementioned 6.6mi mark; in this case go left up to the prominent saddle. This route had maybe a half dozen recent tire tracks, but I doubt that it is much better than our route.

As for the hike, the brush, although expected, was still more difficult than anticipated. From the last open saddle 1/4 mile west, we tried to stay on the rocky ridge. But the combination of dense brush and rocky outcrops made for very slow going, about 40 minutes to the base of the summit block. Instead, go left (north) of the first outcrop, and stay about 75-100ft below the top of the ridge. After some initial brush, if you're low enough, the forest actually opens up for much easier travel. We only needed 15 minutes on our return.

Upon reaching the base, work along the north side. Pass the first noticeable weakness in the cliff going back to the right. It looked at least class 4, and the top couldn't be seen. Instead, go to the next (and last) one. It's class 3 up to the higher slabs.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2351 ft / 715 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2351 ft / 715 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.9 mi / 7.9 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2191 ft / 667 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2031 ft / 619 m; Extra: 160 ft / 48m
    Loss on way in:160 ft / 48 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:road to end, trail, N face
    Start Trailhead:33.08569, -110.27953  6251 ft / 1905 m
    Time:2 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2191 ft / 667 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2031 ft / 619 m; Extra: 160 ft / 48m
    Gain on way out:160 ft / 48 m
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    End Trailhead:33.08569, -110.27953  6251 ft / 1905 m
    Time:1 Hours 41 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Richard Hensley
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