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Castle Dome Peak - KOFASouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 27 2013
dwightnancy
Hiking6.00 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   8 Hrs      0.75 mph
2,100 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
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My favorite non-technical summit in the area. Big day. Missed the turn-off, got cliffed out, fogged in, and otherwise had a blast.

Followed the standard route up the wash wandering for quite a ways. Further than I tought we should. Missed a HUGE cairn and arrow of rocks. Ended up going way to far East then turning due south up a gully to a ridge, got cliffed. Harnessed Ginger the dog, got back down found the right trail and presto, the rest of the hike was on the really solid trail we shouldda been on.

The actual turn out of the wash is really just so incredibly well marked . It starts in a tributary gully that enters the main wash from the right (south). Walk up the tributary gully for only about 15 ft. then exit it via a dispersed trail that angles up the left (east) bank of this tributary gully. You will now be paralleling the main wash, but above it, up on the south bank on a slight ridge. You will likely not get lost from this point. You will likely not get lost before this point unless you are inept. Ah, but really inept could be just another word for enjoying the sceenery, eh?

Once on the strong trail we hiked at a steadily increasing rate of ascent until switchbacks deposited us at the base of a minor escarpment. Following the trail higher we scrambled up through scree and talus winding around the summit block clockwise until we were at the base of the steep stuff above the gendarme. We could see some folks had climbed up a waterfall-like route, but we elected to continue around to reach a really cool saddle on the south-ish side of the summit block. We then backed down out of the saddle about 50 ft. to a scrambly chute that exits up to the left as we back-tracked. This chute would be before the saddle on the right as you are going up. This chute proved to be the easiest route to the summit. From there we scrambled- with Ginger the dog harnessed ever upward to the summit. This last part of the trail offers plenty of class 3 scrambling with short non-exposed sections of class 4.

Ginger the dog summited as did my wife and I. Ginger was in a fall-rated rock climbing harness complete with leg loops and a 20 ft. Dyneema tether for short roping and hauling. There were 20 ft. sections where we could climb up not quite vertical rock- that she had to be hauled up. Were we to repeat the route we would take Ginger again. 8.5 hours would be about right without the detour, but leaving plenty of time on the summit.
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