Ascent of Rice Peak-North Ridge on 2017-02-02

Climber: Matt Horbal

Date:Thursday, February 2, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Rice Peak-North Ridge
    Elevation:7280 ft / 2218 m

Ascent Trip Report

I found Kreg Ellzey's track from 12/29/2015 very useful (i.e. no need to post mine). It is very accurate once on the summit of Rice Peak headed down to the county HP.

Google Maps knew where the Peppersauce Campground was and navigated there without difficulty from the Phoenix area. While dirt road for the last couple miles they were well maintained until the campgroud and should be accessible to cars. Once past the campground though, the road rapidly becomes high clearance, and intermittently 4wd (I had to pull out a sedan that had crowned out). There is parking for a few cars at the junction.

Alone and hundreds of miles from home I chose to park about 0.5 miles down the road and hike a bit more.

The hike to the summit of Rice Peak follows steep and rocky forest service road. I found mud followed by up to 4 inches of snow/ice. The route stays mostly on north facing slopes. From the summit of Rice Peak to the highpoint a GPS track is helpful to guide you down the slightly longer but path of least resistance. The log is a red tin can over a glass jar in a cairn of rocks. The cairn is under a couple large pieces of deadfall which obscure it as you approach from uphill. The coordinates got me within ~20 ft.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2830 ft / 862 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2830 ft / 862 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.7 mi / 18.8 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2530 ft / 771 m
    Distance:5.9 mi / 9.4 km
    Route:Arizona Tr, 4WD roads 4483, 4472, 29
    Start Trailhead:Peppersauce Campground  4750 ft / 1447 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2830 ft / 862 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2530 ft / 771 m; Extra: 300 ft / 91m
    Gain on way out:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:5.9 mi / 9.4 km
    Route:Arizona Tr, 4WD roads 4483, 4472, 29
    End Trailhead:Peppersauce Campground  4750 ft / 1447 m

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