Ascent of Sage Gustafson Peak on 2018-05-23

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sage Gustafson Peak
    Elevation:2875 ft / 876 m

Ascent Trip Report

I first drove the dirt road (Linda Rd) to where the Maricopa Trail access spur juts from it, but I did not like the parking situation (i.e. lack of it), so I drove back and parked at the Kunasek Trailhead near where Linda Rd and 7th Street intersect.

I hiked the new Maricopa Trail east to where it drops into the valley with this peak and Apache Peak to the east. About ten minutes later, I found the rougher spur trail that leads to the summit.

This spur trail was in fine shape (loose rock) for most of the way up. Near the top, it made a hard left and went by an old mine shaft. I followed scanter paths up through the rocks and brush to the top. The memorial for young Sage was there, well tended and in good shape. I sat on nearby rocks and appreciated that he shared his summit with me for a few minutes.

Going back down, I followed what looked like a good trail to the saddle to the north. But from the saddle, I had no luck finding trails, so I went cross-country down the slopes back toward the trail. It was loose and brushy, but short. I probably should have retraced my original route.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:835 ft / 254 m
    Total Elevation Loss:835 ft / 254 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:835 ft / 254 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Maricopa Trail
    Start Trailhead:Kunasek Trailhead  2040 ft / 621 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:835 ft / 254 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:Maricopa Trail + cross country
    End Trailhead:Kunasek Trailhead  2040 ft / 621 m

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