Ascent of Silver Bell Peak on 2017-12-25

Climber: Richard Hensley

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, December 25, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Silver Bell Peak
    Elevation:4261 ft / 1298 m

Ascent Trip Report

Going straight up for the east ridge was a very bad choice. Even the level approach was a constant route-finding hassle with all the cacti and prickly brush. Then add in all the loose rocks when it got steep. The up-and-down traverse may have been fun without all the previous difficulty. The very steep final ascent with some scrambling was much better, since it was more about finding a way up rocks than avoiding plants.

From the top, I could see that the main wash going down had a lot of open gravel, so I went for it. I stayed out of the wash down to 2880msl. From there, I was surprised that it was open all the way back. Nearing where I needed to exit, I saw a couple javelina above the wash. I went up a ramp made by cows to look for them, and happened on a great cattle trail back to the road. I left a little cairn to mark the trail.

Topos show a road leading to that wash. It appears to be fenced about the same distance away, and also looks less used than the one to the guzzler. I recommend SUVs with good clearance, mainly for crossing the washes.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2149 ft / 654 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2149 ft / 654 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:bkn cirrus; viz 75mi; lgt wind; warm
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2019 ft / 615 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1796 ft / 547 m; Extra: 223 ft / 67m
    Loss on way in:223 ft / 67 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:E rij
    Start Trailhead:guzzler  2465 ft / 751 m
    Time:3 Hours 11 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1926 ft / 587 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1796 ft / 547 m; Extra: 130 ft / 39m
    Gain on way out:130 ft / 39 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Route:NE wash
    End Trailhead:guzzler  2465 ft / 751 m
    Time:2 Hours 6 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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