Ascent of Newman Peak on 2018-03-11

Climber: Jon Adams

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, March 11, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Newman Peak
    Elevation:4480 ft / 1365 m

Ascent Trip Report

Newman has always been one of those peaks that beckon. Isolated from the much lower Picacho Peak but the high point of the Picacho range, it's on the opposite side of I-10 and it doesn't draw that much attention. The train and the freeway separate the two peaks.

Morning came early as I'd climbed Table Top the day before, and didn't get home until about 2000. Would have been less driving to sleep out somewhere between Table Top and Newman, but my schedule didn't allow for that. After exiting I-10, I followed Hensley's off-road instructions. The path is pretty decent, there's two gates, one sign that claims (very very likely falsely) private property, and the final approach to the trailhead includes a sand wash which isn't all that bad. For those who want a preview of the dirt driving, I've a video of that portion of the trip from my truck's dashcam over on my own site.

For a relatively unmaintained trail, it's in darn good shape. The first 0.7 miles is the remnant of an old jeep trail; beyond that there are an astonishing number of cairns to guide one along. At about the 3300' level in the main canyon, the trail turns north and climbs up a steep slot loaded with Kelvinator- and Volkswagen-sized choke boulders. If this was once a mule trail, these boulders would have proven a significant impediment. Nice towers and hoodoos abound. The trail passes under the power line that brings electricity to the comms sites on top.

At the top of the slot there's a saddle, from which point the gear on the top of the mountain is visible. The summit itself is fairly flat, maybe about an acre in area, and has two main radio sites. A benchmark and a summit register greet the industrious. There's a helipad up here, and that's the way the site is serviced.

The way down was a retrace of the way up. More sliding on butt. Lost footing a couple of times but nothing serious. Sky continued to blue out, with thin cirrus and some cumulus.

Pictures and more at WirelessJon
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jon Adams
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