Tinajas Altas High Point, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,165 feet
Elevation Gain 1,550 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,650 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 6 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 12.25
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Peak
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
Dogs not allowed
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Tinaja Altas Peak
Author Jim_H
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Location Marana, AZ
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by Jim_H

In the far southwest corner of Arizona the Tinajas Altas Range are as scenic as much as they are isolated. Many miles of travel across sandy roads are required to access the high point of the range. You probably won't see anyone else out here, but someone might see you. Border Patrol and illegal crossers frequent the area, though they probably won't head up to the summit.

Located 1.3 to 1.4 miles of travel on the dirt road from the intersection of A16B, the trailhead sits just east of the canyon used to access the drainage leading to the summit. If in doubt, the large slabs or dry falls located near the entrance are visible from the trailhead.

Enter the canyon and proceed up on the boulders to the first dry fall. The south side of the largest of the dry falls seems to be the easiest way to get above it. There will be several more dry falls, but none as large as this first one. Continue up canyon, staying in the main drainage and generally on the boulders. There may be occasional cairns. If you use a printed map with a GPS route that follows this described route, be careful not to take the incorrect side canyon, which comes in steeply from the north-northwest and about 1000' after the largest fall, and is at a 90-degree angle from the main canyon.

Follow the main drainage past where it turns northwest, and then west again. Once side drainages running SW from the main drainage appear, more or less take your pick and head up one of them to the ridge to your south. On the ridge, you can look south and across at Tinajas Altas Peak. Locate the large gully on the NE face that seems to head up to the back of the summit. There isn't much green in it, and there is a spire on the left side of it when viewed from the ridge.

Walk the ridge to a small saddle and then head south across to the base of the peak and the gully. The gully is the last of a few choices to the south and requires a short scramble to enter at its base. There is a shallow cave here, which had an old Casio watch in it. Who knows, maybe that will be there in the future?

Above the scramble section used to enter the last gully, there is more steep hiking to the last section near the summit. On the east face, there is a short ramp that requires some scrambling to gain the summit. It is fairly exposed up here, so it seems harder than it is. Last, the rock is generally good, but I had some holds break off in my hand. It is probably still just class 3, not 4, but it may feel like 3+.

Enjoy your summit time, and descend safely the way you came.

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This is a moderately difficult hike.

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2019-04-06 Jim_H
    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.

    Map Drive
    High Clearance possible when dry

    To hike
    From Yuma, travel East on I-8 until you reach Exit 21 (Dome Valley Road). Take this road east until you reach Ave 25E. Turn right here. From Gila Bend, travel West on I-8 until you reach Wellton. Exit here, and travel north until you reach Los Angeles Road. Turn left (west) here, and take this road until you reach Ave 25E. Turn left here.

    Travel south on Ave 25E, drive south over a railroad track and under I-8. When you reach a canal, turn left, as the road crosses over. Keep following Ave 25E past the Naked Date Ranch, and continue to the Goldwater Range. From here, you will spend a lot of time traveling south on El Camino Del Diablo. Continue for many miles to the Marker C21, and then go west-southwest on the legal 2 track road to A16B. Go south for 1.3 to 1.4 miles from A16B to the location of the trailhead, which is just south of a decent-sized drainage with ironwood growing in it.
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