Point 4170 is the highest summit in the northern section of the KOFA National Wildlife Refuge. It is easily visible from Highway 95, and from popular central summits found in KOFA, such as Signal Peak. The actual summit is attained via easy 5th class climbing, yet the nearby subsidiary summits, approximately 75' lower, still offer outstanding views and are well worth the effort. KOFA NWR is home to one of the largest populations of Big Horn Sheep in the U.S.
Other peaks in KOFA NWR found here at Summitpost:
Castle Dome Peak
Another web page with some interesting facts about the refuge can be found here.
From Yuma north on Highway 95, or alternately, from Quartzite, travel south on 95. At mile 92, turn East on the MST&T road and follow this well graded dirt road east to junction 22. This junction is not obvious, but is very close to where a power line crosses above the MST&T road. Turn south here and follow the progressively rougher dirt road. High clearance vehicles are adequate. Just past Brass Cap Point, a place where the road very closely skirts the north side of a rocky spur, the road dips thru the Oak Canyon drainage and climbs to an alluvial plane on the east side of the drainage. At this point the road heads south along the Oak Canyon drainage. Park anywhere along this south trending stretch of road, but perhaps best somewhere as it begins to turn back to the east. Several turnouts and previously used camp spots can be found in this area. (33.424N 114.053W)
Begin your hke by heading cross country towards the mouth of the canyon.
KOFA NWR Map
Please follow the link to official information on the KOFA NWR.
When To Climb
Climbing is most easily accomplished in late fall, winter, and early spring. It is unbearably hot during other months.
Please follow the link to official camping information on the KOFA NWR.
Generally the stay is limited to 14 days, car camping is allowed anywhere within 100' of dirt roads, back country camping is allowed away from water sources, and ground fires using gathered, downed wood is permited. Please remember that wood is a precious resouce in the desert environment and consider bringing your own.
Climbing Squaw and other adventures in KOFA
Official KOFA NWR site
Summitpost of nearby KOFA NWR peak Castle Peak Dome
Summitpost record of nearby KOFA NWR peak, Signal Peak