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West Ridge

West Ridge


Page Type: Route

Location: Arizona, United States, North America

Object Title: West Ridge

Route Type: Hiking, Scrambling

Season: Spring, Fall, Winter

Time Required: Half a day

Rock Difficulty: Class 3

Difficulty: Some minor scrambling.

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Page By: surgent

Created/Edited: Apr 5, 2011 / Apr 6, 2011

Object ID: 708365

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This approach is fairly short but steep, gaining about 1,600 feet in a mile and a half. The brush is not too bad, and the rock scrambling is easier than it looks from below.

Getting There

See main text.

Route Description

Walk to the end of the road, going left at the only T-junction you'll come to. Scramble up a hill marked as "4928" on the map, and view the peak and most of your route.

Descend off of 4928 about 60 feet, hiking east along a mostly-open ridge. Sidehill right past a small rock outcrop and ascend steeply up a hillside slightly southeast, gaining about 300 feet to top out on a small knob marked by a tiny 5,320-foot contour on the map.

Continue east toward the peak, ascending up slopes and rocky sections as needed. Paths may help, but the brush is generally open enough to allow for easy line-of-sight navigation.

The last 400 feet is steeper and rockier, but the scrambling is easy and there always seems to be a way around, if you don't mind some brush.

You'll come to a large cliff band that you think is the top, but it's not. Angle right around it, then ascend to the top, where a pole stands.

One-way mileage is about 1.5.

Essential Gear

Long pants, sleeves, gloves.

Avoid the east side

You may be tempted to try this from the east side, where a road ends not far below the peak. However, the east side has more occupied areas and more heavily posted against trespassing. Plus, the few people who came up that way said it was a bad bushwhack from that side.