Kitt Peak Climber's Log

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mstender - Oct 2, 2016 11:23 pm Date Climbed: Oct 2, 2016

Jeep Road  Sucess!

Hiked up the jeep road and it rained a little bit on my way up. The sun came out when I got to the top. Nice hike with great views and a fun scramble at the end. Saw 2 desert tortoises on my down close to the car. Great day!

Sarah Simon

Sarah Simon - Apr 4, 2015 11:31 pm Date Climbed: Apr 4, 2015

Lazy tourist route  Sucess!

Headed up here with Mom & Dad for a telescope tour. Pretty fascinating place! Headed toward the 4m telescope with mom then peeled off for the summit. Pretty summit with dynamite views! Always a treat to hang out in Southern Arizona.

Andrew Rankine

Andrew Rankine - Jan 21, 2015 1:24 pm Date Climbed: Jan 17, 2015

great views  Sucess!

Parked at mile post 9 and walked the road to the summit. Pretty impressive telescopes, and great views. True summit is 50 ft N of the largest telescope.


lcarreau - Nov 16, 2010 8:26 am Date Climbed: Oct 28, 1995

Didn't have a clue..  Sucess!

Back in 1995, I drove to the top and didn't have any idea where
the true summit was, until I asked somebody.

The white Granite outcrops were impressive, and really stand out
among the "brown-tinted" surroundings.

I read that "light pollution" from neighboring Tucson has been
kept to a minimum, but that will probably change in a few more

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Aug 18, 2009 8:26 am Date Climbed: Jun 3, 1999

Second Visit, But First Best  Sucess!

This is the date of my second visit because that was easy for me to research. But, it was my first visit a year earlier that was most memorable. I was there with several USAF coworkers and we got caught in an extremely intense thunderstorm. It was reminiscent of that famous photo of the telescopes with lightning all around. We were held up in the Mayall 4-meter observatory waiting out the storm. Afterward, the top of the mountain was almost magical. The storm clouds were still all around, the ground was soaked. I felt as if the gods were letting us have a brief look into their kingdon. It was my most intense "mountain top" experience ever (and why I've made this entry, despite driving to the top). And there I was without my camera! --mark d.


ericwillhite - Aug 18, 2009 3:34 am

Snake near the summit  Sucess!

Ok, I hate snakes and my wife and sister in law almost steped on a massive one. I spotted it just in time.


Outdooraholic - Aug 7, 2009 4:05 pm Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2009

Nice drive  Sucess!

I drove to the top, great views in all directions!

Bob Burd

Bob Burd - May 11, 2009 6:41 pm Date Climbed: Apr 14, 2009

SR386  Sucess!

Drove up after a climb of Baboquivari because I was in the area. Wish I'd had more time to explore around. Trip Report


sbkelley - Apr 26, 2009 10:47 pm Date Climbed: Apr 25, 2009

Kitt Peak  Sucess!

Took the jeep road from the bottom. Good work-out to the top. Fun scrambling the last bit to the top and very interesting to see all of the telescopes.


oldadit - Aug 7, 2008 6:01 pm Date Climbed: Dec 9, 2000

Kid Compatible  Sucess!

HP and register are just NE of Mayall telescope.
Drove up with kids, we looked over scopes and
visitor center after dinky scramble to HP.


ericnoel - Jan 7, 2008 9:13 pm Date Climbed: Jan 7, 2008

386  Sucess!

I took the easy way up but I paid a little bit for it as my 20 minute hike was in the middle of storm. I couldn't even see the telescope from the summit even though it is like 100 feet away.

Dan the Jones

Dan the Jones - Mar 8, 2007 6:57 pm

Ladybugs  Sucess!

I remember being up here during the season were there are millions of lady bugs. You can literally scoop up handfuls of the pretty little bugs.


surgent - Mar 8, 2007 3:28 pm Date Climbed: Feb 3, 2006

Good leg-stretcher  Sucess!

Walked the jeep road. Will come back to visit the telescopes soon!

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