What Dartmouth Hiker Said Date Climbed: Oct 3, 2009
In good conditions this is a moderate to tough day hike mostly along open ridges but brushy and rocky enough to keep things slow... then you hit the really thick stuff at about 7,000 feet. In white-out conditions we relied on the GPS and compass to get to the top and especially on the descent. Without visual cues to guide us down, we started down two wrong ridges before the trusty compass and GPS set us straight again. The weather probably added 1.5-2 hours to our time overall. My thanks to Dartmouth Hiker for the company!
Climbed with Scott Surgent on a day that started out undercast, ended overcast, and was mostly "cast" in the middle. The bushwhacking was among the toughest I've done, and travel past Pt. 6800' is surprisingly disorienting in the clouds. Bring map, compass and GPS if there's any chance you'll be clouded in.
Parked at the trailhead on the Stronghold Canyon West trailhead of the Cochise trail (#279). Hiked up a rocky drainage to within 0.4 mi. of the summit, then bushwhacked up a steep, brushy slope to the top.