Ascent of Kitt Peak on 2018-03-29

Climber: John E Sarna

Others in Party:my sons
John and Geoffrey
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, March 29, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Kitt Peak
    Elevation:6880 ft / 2097 m

Ascent Trip Report

I took the observatory tour from the Visitor Center with my two sons, but first took a short stroll north from the visitor center up to the nearest telescope to see the high point (rocky outcrop) behind the Mayall Telescope a half mile away. Our tour guide said the high point was closed to tourists but doubted if anyone would stop us if we went up it. On the tour, with numerous stops to discuss the observatory, they took us down the highway about 60', then up to 3.5 meter Mayall Telescope, which some had trouble with, though an easy half mile walk. In face, at the last stop below the Mayall, I ran up to the high point, then back down, still in time to still hear most of the talk. The tour was quite interesting, and I recommend it, but after it ended, no one stopped my boys while they practiced climbing the rock walls behind the Mayall. Eventually, I redirected them to the high point, while I went around to the right, taking the Service Road a second time up the use-trail to the top. Three aluminum ladders were helpful in getting up the boulders, but my boys got there well ahead of me without resorting to "aid." It still took a bit of bouldering to stand on the highest boulder where we took some hero shots holding on to a metal pipe bolted to it.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:240 ft / 72 m
    Total Elevation Loss:240 ft / 72 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:180 ft / 54 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 80 ft / 25 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Loss on way in:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:down&up road, up Service Road, rocky trail to top
    Start Trailhead:Kitt Peak Observatory Visitor Parking & gift shop  6800 ft / 2072 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:140 ft / 42 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 80 ft / 25 m; Extra: 60 ft / 18m
    Gain on way out:60 ft / 18 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:reverse of route up
    End Trailhead:Kitt Peak Observatory Visitor Parking & gift shop  6800 ft / 2072 m

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