Ascent of Silver Bell Peak on 2016-11-16

Climber: Paul McClellan

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Silver Bell Peak
    Elevation:4261 ft / 1298 m

Ascent Trip Report

Driving Directions:

Take Exit 242 off I-10 north of Tucson onto the Avra Valley Road. Zero your odometer.

00.0 Drive west on Avra Valley Road.
05.4 Pass the Marana Airport on your right.
15.5 Pass "Pump Station Road" on your left.
16.2 Turn Right onto an unmarked dirt road. A power line post here is labeled 392. There is a sign "Caution High Pressure Gas Line".
16.9 Pass over a cattle guard.
17.8 Pass over a cattle guard.
18.4 Continue straight, passing a road on your left.
19.7 Turn Left onto unsigned N Waterman Mountain Road.
19.9 Turn Right.
21.2 Cross a wash.
21.6 Turn Left.
22.3 Bear Right.
22.5 Pass through a gate.
22.8 "Game Water". Parked here. No camping allowed within 1/4 mile of game water.

The last 2.9 miles can be rocky and rutted in spots. I recommend a high-clearance 4WD vehicle with good tires.

An alternative route is to continue on the Avra Valley Road west to mile 19.4 and take the unmarked N Waterman Mountain Road to the right. But this option is slightly longer, more complicated, and has no better a road.

Route Directions:

Hiked West cross country to reach the SE ridge of Silver Bell Peak. From here, ascended the SSE slope over talus to reach the rocky summit ridge. Followed the summit ridge West and NW to the true summit. Found no summit register or benchmark.
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Ragged Top's south face from Silver Bell Peak. Wolcott Peak is to the right (2016-11-16). Photo by Paul McClellan.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1886 ft / 574 m
    Extra Gain:28 ft / 8 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Route:East Slopes
    Trailhead:Wildlife Water Guzzler  2431 ft / 740 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Paul McClellan
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Note: GPS Tracks may not be accurate, and may not show the best route. Do not follow this route blindly. Conditions change frequently. Use of a GPS unit in the outdoors, even with a pre-loaded track, is no substitute for experience and good judgment. accepts NO responsibility or liability from use of this data.

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Other Photos

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Silver Bell Peak from the east (2016-11-16). Photo by Paul McClellan.
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