Ascent of Silver Bell Peak on 2016-11-16
|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 ReportDriving 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.
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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