To my knowledge, the new route has not yet been documented on this website aside from Eric-Griz's brief comment regarding his return trip below:
Drove the new-ish jeep road signed "Cooke's Town" a couple of miles and parked just south of Shale Spring as labelled on topo maps. This was not at a proper trailhead, just simply on the side of the road. Hiked cross country to enter the mouth of OK Canyon at a solar-powered trough gushing with water. Picked up a trail at this windmill/solar trough which takes you to the summit. Routefinding is easy aside from a burn area in the oaks about half way up.
Predictably incredible views up top. Camping on the peak would be okay for maybe up to 3 people, was great for the 2 of us. Windbreak in the form of a low rock wall was a welcome respite from the constant 15 mph winds and a soaking frost. Setting a tent up would not be recommended...
Parked near a sign for Cooke's Town and hiked up a rough road for a bit. Then I hike up a ridge to the summit. Found a cairned trail on the summit ridge that turned into an engineered trail complete with waterbars. Hiked this trail down to the mouth of a canyon then hiked cross-country past an old mining shack and back to the road to my car.
Direct ascent of NE Ridge after a good snowstorm. Parked 0.5 miles below "TH", hiked to the end of the abandoned 4WD road and climbed to the top of the ridge directly passing the old mine. There was 1/2 to 1 foot of snow on the ridge and in the canyon. Nice hike/climb, beautiful weather, great views.
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Perfect time of year for it.
Followed CR A019 to Cookes Town road. Parked on BLM property and hiked in from the east side.
Nice views, tough hike... Fought my way up, but found better route coming down...
I drank every ounce of water ( ~130) that I had with me and could have easily consumed 100 more. The views were great and the sparrows were flying low. A nice climb with lizrdboy.
Good climb, and following Gerry Roach's directions proved useful. There was even a stream flowing!
We took 7 hours to make the 12 mile roundtrip to the lonely summit. The hot weather and scant trails were the main obstacles. Take more that 4 liters if hiking in the summer. The summit was quite satisfying: small and airy with vertical cliffs dropping off on three sides. We were repeatedly buzzed by swallows practicing their dog fighting skills - impressive.
We did fine despite inclement weather. Unfortunately I never actually 'saw' the mountain during the hike. Would like to go back some day for a go in better weather.
We obtained permission from the ghost town landowner to camp there and climb the mountain from the NE. To reach the summit we climbed the prominent gully on the east side of the summit block.
It was a difficult class 3+ with much loose rock.
I don't think it had been climbed as there are several
easier routes. The Apaches used this mountain as
a lookout post as you can see forever in any direction.
It is well worth the effort!
Spectacular 360 deg. view. Register pens were out of ink.