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Big Horn PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 01 2014
chumley
Hiking7.21 Miles 2,112 AEG
Hiking7.21 Miles   4 Hrs   26 Mns   1.76 mph
2,112 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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Thanks to SpiderLegs for posting this event, and for him and those others who posted descriptions of previous trips before us. It made it relatively easy to bag.

Took us exactly 2 hours to get up, taking the south ridgeline, and staying out of the drainages. Once up on the plateau, I crossed the first of the two main drainages coming off the peak, and ascended farther west. It was perfectly doable, but the proper route is to ascend just to the right of the first drainage, as soon as the cliff band ends. There's a saguaro at the "corner" to aim for. You have to go about 100 feet up from the corner before cutting back to the east and climbing onto the ridge above the cliffs. From there it's a relatively straightforward climb up the ridge toward the white rocks in the gully above. There are cairns along the way as this is quite apparently the best route. See 9L's official GPS track.

The final climb to the peak requires a little climbing, but there's a nicely protected slot so the exposure is minimal, and I found it to be easier than I was expecting. The reports of class 4 seem a little high to me, but definitely aggressive class 3.

We took our time getting down, as there's a lot of loose rock and unstable footing, but returned on generally the same route, possibly improving it slightly.

Great day!

Note: Didn't dig around too much, but no obvious sign of the benchmark that the topo map shows to be up there.
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A few poppies just starting to pop on the flatlands.
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