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Ascent of Date Creek Mountains High Point on 2017-12-28

Climber: Andy Martin

Date:Thursday, December 28, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Date Creek Mountains High Point
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:4920 ft / 1499 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drive:
Leave highway 71 and head north on Tenderfoot
road at 34.1589,-112.8612.
Leave Tenderfoot road at 34.1642,-112.8602 where
you pass through an unlocked gate and head NW
on a wide dirt road not shown on the topo map.
This road joins the mapped dirt road at 34.1902,-112.8782.
A washout likely makes this generally good road
high clearance, and not suitable for an auto.
Proceed past Newhall Well to the base of the range at
34.1993,-112.8924. 4wd starts here, with some
tough bits. Faux wheel drive likely will not
make it. Proceed to TH near saddle at
34.2200,-112.9095. This road can be walked if
you don't want to torture your vehicle.
There is a ranch gate on this road. No postings
were seen on this drive, but it does cross
about a mile of private land south of Newhall Well.

Just before the saddle you will encounter
a better road (high clearance) coming in from the north.
The satellite view shows a web of roads north of here.
They eventually lead to a weigh scale at
https://listsofjohn.com/mapf?lat=34.2472&lon=-112.8909&z=18&t=h&d=r
A "mining" operation is stripping large granite boulders
here for landscaping. The usage policy for their roads is unknown.

Hike:
Some of the terrain is very rocky and brushy. I was
able to avoid much of this by drifting a bit south
and not taking a direct route to the summit.
There are grassy lanes that avoid much of the really
nasty terrain. There are two contender 4,920' contours
on top. The northern one is clearly higher, and has a class 3 boulder to climb at the summit. This huge boulder can be climbed from the west side using opposing force on another huge boulder. An old
register by Gordon MacLeod and Barbara Lilley is
found at the very top.

While descending I slipped and snapped my hiking pole.
Tried to be more careful after that.
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