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Big Horn PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 16 2010
Hansenaz
Hiking10.00 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   4 Hrs   50 Mns   2.07 mph
1,400 ft AEG
 
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This log does not get us to the top of Big Horn Mtn.

From some angles this peak looks like the Matterhorn (with fewer snowfields) and last year I drove to it 3 times trying to find a decent approach. Internet and book accounts are a little vague on specifics saying things like "the canal is in the way" and "4th class". My first approach was the most obvious one: exit I-10 at Salome Rd (just past Tonopah) and take the obvious dirt road along the small canal up to the main CAP canal. To get to Big Horn you have to cross the canal and a footbridge is there (call this the SW approach). But on this day a guard was on duty and I figured the "No Trespassing" signs were serious. On a later visit I found a way to get north of the canal but you have to start quite a bit farther to the east.

Before heading out last Saturday I took a quick look at HAZ and was surprised to see Desert-Boonie65's recent log. This had more info than any other account and starts from the SW, but I was mentally committed to the SE at that point. To get to the SE approach drive west on Indian School Rd. from Tonopah and take the dirt track right where the road curves around the small hill. The track goes north under I-10 and soon crosses the canal. Continue several miles further, roughly following the power lines. The dirt road passes five livestock gates before dead-ending at a locked gate at the canal (but on the north side!).

Fron here the approach goes across nice open desert which sees very few visitors. The base of the peak is reached in a little more than an hour and the most obvious route up is the central gully of the SW face. I think this is the same wash Desert-Boonie65 describes. I saw one cairn down low and the wash was not too overgrown. Some scrambling was necessary but there was little exposure. My problems started at the top of the wash: I gravitated left but couldn't see a good way to go. Going right (east) as suggested by the other triplog did not seem favorable though I gave it a good look. After I gave up and went around the corner on the left I saw an obvious cairn and I think that slope (SW side) would go. But my time was short and frankly it looked like a lot of unpleasant work so I retreated.

I went down the south ridge (which is the one just west of the gully I ascended). Its beautiful up high - a very nice place to be. Of course it gets steeper and looser as you descend. But from what I could see, if I go back, I think I'll try to take this ridge up to the SW slope.

Not a successful ascent but maybe this info will help others who visit the area.
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