Ascent of Cimarron Peak on 2018-02-04

Climber: Scott Surgent

Others in Party:Matthias Stender
Michael berry
Date:Sunday, February 4, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cimarron Peak
    Elevation:4124 ft / 1256 m

Ascent Trip Report

We parked about a mile west of the Tohono O'odham village of Kaka, within the Kaka Hills. The road west of Kaka was rough, rutted and overgrown. (The word Kaka apparently means "croak", going by online Tohono-O'odham dictionaries).

We walked the pipeline road west into open desert, then beelined across easy, flat terrain toward the peak, which is surrounded by about a half-dozen equally-attractive ridges to the top. We chose a ridge trending north off the peak, slightly west of the rounded highpoint hump. The climbing was easy as the slopes laid back, the brush was not too thick, and the rock outcrops were minimal and easy to bypass.

The highpoint is a big rounded hump, whereas "Cimarron benchmark" is on a slightly-lower peak about a half-mile south. We did not visit that point.

For the hike out, we followed a ridge slightly west of where we came up, then down a drainage to the desert floor, then cow trails all the way back to the road. This ridge looked "nicer" but probably added distance, so it was not a great choice in retrospect (I was the one who chose it).

The day was warm, in the 80s. We were all beat and tired when we got back to the car. We put on over 15 miles today.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1840 ft / 560 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1840 ft / 560 m
    Round-Trip Distance:15.5 mi / 24.9 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1840 ft / 560 m
    Distance:7.3 mi / 11.7 km
    Route:Pipeline Road, North ridge
    Start Trailhead:1 mile west of Kaka  2284 ft / 696 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1840 ft / 560 m
    Distance:8.2 mi / 13.3 km
    Route:NNW ridge
    End Trailhead:1 mile west of Kaka  2284 ft / 696 m

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