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Ten Ewe Mountain - KOFA, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 3.43 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,835 feet
Elevation Gain 1,883 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,981 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 13.34
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Peak
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Signal and Ten Ewe
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Author chumley
author avatar Guides 81
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Trips 1,590 map ( 11,813 miles )
Age 48 Male Gender
Location Tempe, AZ
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Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
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Ewe gotta see these vewes!
by chumley

Ten Ewe Mountain is the second highest peak in the Kofa Mountains, just over half a mile east of the high point, Signal Peak. While Signal gets some regular visitation, Ten Ewe receives very little. Summiting Ten Ewe can be done on its own, but I'd recommend visiting Signal on the same trip since much of the hike follows the same route.

The start of this hike should begin by following the directions for Signal Peak. It's easiest to follow that route for 1.25 miles to 33.35997 -114.075536. At this point you should leave the obvious route heading to Signal peak and head left toward Ten Ewe. Cross the drainage and head upstream about 200 yards and turn left again following a slabby drainage to the obvious saddle above you.

Proceed up the ridge toward the canyon dropping off Ten Ewe. You'll want to stay left of the top of the rocky ridge and head for the small pinnacle with a small "cave" at it's base. From the pinnacle, traverse across the drainage to the chute which climbs to the northeast. The drainage is a bit overgrown and there's a narrow squeeze at the top that requires an easy class 3 move or two.

At the top of the chute, turn right and make a couple of zig zags to get up the various levels of rock until you arrive at the base of a small scree slope. Climb the slope and the peak will come into view. Gaining the peak will require choosing the best class 3 route, but several options exist. Enjoy the views of Summit Peak, Old Smokey, and Squaw before heading down.

On the return trip, you may be tempted to cut the corner and descend the drainage at the bottom of the chute. This route is certainly possible, but it is overgrown and includes a couple of short, easy down climbs over large boulders. This route is more easily negotiated on the descent than on the way up. I still think it's easier and faster to avoid this drainage even though it would cut the mileage a little bit.

One additional note for the more adventurous hiker. An alternate route from the base of the pinnacle parallels the chute. (Blue route in this photo). Instead of traversing the drainage and climbing the chute (yellow route), you can ascend the drainage directly toward the mountain until it dead ends and then turn left. This route features 2-3 short climbs that might approach class-4. But it's more entertaining than the chute!

Enjoy this rarely visited gem in the rugged Kofas!

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This is a moderately difficult hike.

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2016-04-19 chumley
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    To hike
    From Quartzsite drive south on US 95 for 19 miles to Palm Canyon Road. (From Yuma it's about 50 miles north on US 95). Follow Palm Canyon Road 3.3 miles to the entrance kiosk for the Kofa NWR. Turn left onto Queen Canyon Road and follow it 7.4 miles to the mouth of Ten Ewe Canyon, which is unmarked.
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