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Elephant Head - North ApproachTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hike & Climb avatar Mar 18 2014
rvcarter
Hike & Climb4.30 Miles 2,431 AEG
Hike & Climb4.30 Miles
2,431 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Partners none no partners
Pro: A 20-foot rope is helpful at a couple points for most hikers.
Note: this triplog was first posted under the Elephant Head / North Face description, but has been reposted here to assist the reader in finding it.

This is one heck of a hike/climb. Got the idea reading bknorby's triplog. It has lots of exposure and tricky climbing but is not technical. I'm also posting a gps route from I-19 to the parking spot, 12.9 miles in.

First, I wouldn't recommend either our way in or out, but there is no good way. Just don't go any higher than we did to the ridge that you need to get to to find the route across the face. The route across the north face is not marked but there is some disturbance at key points. You will see from our track that we got off too high and had to retreat down a few hundred feet to get on the right track. My GPS track has lots of spurious points, but I cleaned it up and posted it just the same. It might help someone, but recognize that that the points along the north crevasse are all over the place because of satellite reception. Let me know if you want to see a .kmz of my track and SPOT points.

Second, once you get to the saddle where you start across the face, look up and you'll see two possible routes. Do not take the upper one, as we did. Take the lower one, which looks really narrow but is really plenty wide, across the face. There is some tricky climbing but doable for most people with some boulder scrambling or climbing experience. A 20 foot rope may come in handy for the final segment (see pic).

We didn't want to go back down the way we came up, so chose the loop back to the car from the saddle part way down the normal route. Good luck. Even tho the numbers aren't impressive, the difficulty is real. See my pics for some more insight. Excellent, exciting fun.
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