Sierra Estrella Peak Climber's Log
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|nedn||Challenging Hike |
Date Climbed: Feb 4, 2012
|I have wanted to climb to the top of the Sierra Estrella mountain range for years, as I live in Goodyear, AZ and see it almost every day. I parked in Estrella Mountain ranch and rode my mountain bike to the base of the mountain. Ironically, I met another person at the base who had driven there and was also getting ready to climb to the top. We ended up making the climb together. He was a great guy and it was nice to have the company. I think that I would have been a bit nervous, if I had done the hike alone. The terrain was very rough and there is definitely potential for injury. The climb to the top was very challenging. We were trailblazers and made our own route. We figured out on the way down, that we had choosen the wrong way to go up. We stuck to the main wash on the way down, and this was definitely the easiest way to go. The view from the top is amazing!|
|Posted Feb 6, 2012 5:40 pm|
|bjmitche||Almost, Not Quite|
Date Climbed: Jan 28, 2012
|It's hard to call our outing an 'attempt' as we didn't leave enough daylight to even consider going the entire distance.|
In getting to the hike, we found the situation quite straightforward. But, four-wheel drive is a necessity and the most comfort is to be had in a vehicle that is accustomed to the desert. Take Rainbow Valley till reaching either the Queen Creek alignment (signposted) or Ocotillo. These are dirt farm roads that turn into sandy tracks thereafter. Continue until you hit the service track for the powerlines that run behind the Estrella Range. Allow 45 min to 1 hour from the Jackrabbit exit of I-10.
Our intention was to climb the red route on surgent's map but made the mistake, not realizing it until encountering significantly more difficulty than we had expected given the route description, that we'd climbed one ridge too far south-east.
The upper portions were sustained Class III on good rock which made the climbing interesting though discouraging because of the lack of progress. In the end, we reached the point where the red route ridge comes together on the north with the ridge we climbed (approx. 3100 feet), at which point we turned and descended the red route.
|Posted Jan 29, 2012 12:35 pm|
|surgent||I'm getting too old for this crap. |
Date Climbed: Nov 21, 2009
|A vendetta peak, after failing in 2007 following the ridge mentioned on this SP page - bailed then due to too many cliffy bits for my comfort level. Came back in late 09 with three others and made the summit via a more moderate ridge to the south, but involving a longer distance and traverse along the main crest. I was really thrashed on the descent, my legs cramping up on me. Glad to have made the top, given I can see this dad-gum peak from my home every day of the year. I will say it is the roughest peak in Arizona I have climbed, and I am glad I will never come back for it! I can now admire it from afar, the itch has been scratched... Trip Report, 11/21/09|
|Posted Nov 23, 2009 9:15 am|
|oldadit||Mountain of the Stars |
Date Climbed: Mar 2, 2002
|One of the more neglected peaks in AZ, considering the millions that can see it daily. But needs better access and a trail to entice these folks.|
Climbed with Guy, Mike, and Bob Kerry.
|Posted Aug 4, 2008 11:32 pm|
|sbkelley||Sierra Estrella Peak |
Date Climbed: Mar 29, 2007
|Good stuff - far removed from the crowds below|
|Posted Apr 1, 2007 7:16 pm|
|streeyyr||Sierra Estrella Mountains |
Date Climbed: Jan 14, 2007
|A small but rugged desert mountain range.|
|Posted Jan 19, 2007 3:26 pm|