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Coffeepot Mountain - Ajo, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 3.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,566 feet
Elevation Gain 900 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,394 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 10.57
 Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Peak
 Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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51  2023-04-07 Mike_W
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Location Tucson, AZ
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Sun  5:38am - 7:17pm
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the drive is half the challenge!
by Mike_W

Coffeepot Mountain is in a very remote area about 16 miles east of the small town of Aho, AZ. It is named this because it appears to look like a coffeepot, or teapot, from a distance, but you'll have to use your imagination. The drive is probably half the challenge - almost 16 miles down a 4x4 road which starts fine, but then gets worse the further out you get. The hike itself is under 4 miles of "open country". There are some steep areas, but nothing that would require rock climbing or ropes.

I had a trip planned to Rocky Point, and I thought it was a good time to visit Coffeepot Mountain since it wasn't far off the route from my drive down there. I tried to drive out there last July (it would have been quite hot) but didn't get very far because of some deep puddles, perhaps small ponds, in the road in just the first mile. I suppose that was for the best since July is not the greatest time of year to be in this area. I didn't know why it was called Coffeepot Mountain but I noticed when driving closer to it that it looked a bit like a teapot, rather than a coffeepot. Either way, it was a unique and interesting name.

From the starting point you will need to cross 2 or 3 washes before you start climbing up the ridge. Climb to the nearest saddle which should be northwest of where you started. Once you are on the ridge keep going up staying in the middle of the ridge. At times you may see animal trails, but this ridge is pretty easy to follow up. This is an open country hike, there are some dense areas of teddy bear cholla in some places but you will be able to walk around the dense sections. Just watch the ground for stray chollas. Pretty soon, you will see a steep rocky "thimble" in front of you.

The thimble can be thought of as the handle to the coffeepot. When I was first here, I wasn't aware if climbing this was necessary because there were no routes or trip reports for this great hike! The good news is it's not necessary to climb this thimble to summit this peak. Hike up to the thimble and when you get close you will see it's very vertical here. By the way, a few minutes below the thimble, I saw some dug-out areas that would make great shelters. You can walk around the east side of the thimble. There is somewhat of a trail here and it looked like people and/or animals have been through here before.

After going around this thimble you will get your first look at the peak since you saw it from the drive in. From here, it's only another 1/4 to the top. Just follow the ridgeline up and you will eventually make it to the peak. At the peak, you will see a registry under a rock pile. There's also a nice organ pipe cactus at the top. You can walk north for a few minutes and be able to look down and see the "spout" of the coffeepot and look south to see the "thimble" or part of the coffeepot handle. All in all, it was a great hike. But, the drive to get out there was half the challenge.

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2023-04-08 Mike_W
    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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    Strictly 4x4

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    This is a 15.8-mile drive along a pipeline road. 4 wheel drive and high clearance are required for many parts of this road as there are many wash crossings. The road gets really bad near the final 1.5 miles. You may be able to make it most of the way out using a non-4WD high clearance vehicle when the area is dry but you definitely will need to walk a good portion of road to make it to this peak. Because of this area's remoteness, I'd recommend using a 4-wheel drive vehicle. From Hwy 85 just south of the town of Aho, AZ, take Pipeline Road to the east. The road is not marked well, but here are the coordinates of where you will want to enter the road from Highway 85: 32.366153, -112.839055. Within the first mile, there is a gate that you can pass through. Just close the gate behind you. There are at least 5 larger wash crossings along the way, and probably 10 or more smaller wash crossings. There's a wash crossing within the first 3 miles.

    Coordinates of where I parked: 32.470921, -112.610085
    page created by Mike_W on Apr 08 2023 2:17 pm
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