We came up the southern drainage which worked fine except for a short stretch where we had to bypass some tall dryfalls by climbing up a scree slope. From the first saddle it's better to drop straight into the gully and then up the drainage to the second saddle. This avoids most of the cholla and the loose sidehilling. From the second saddle we stayed as much on the ridge as possible again to avoid loose slopes and cholla. The roads where in surprisingly good condition and the drive from MP48 took 1h. Great views!
Came back for another go and was successful. Easy climbing for the first third, then you hit nasty scree. Climb to first saddle is okay, then beyond that, more scree, cholla, airiness. Still, a thrill to get this one done. Rarely climbed peak, went with John Klein, Adam Helman and Scott Peavy. Trip Report
It took a long time to hike this one because there is no trail. Nice day.
There are two big drainages on the east side. We went up the left one and travel was OK but we had to traverse and climb to get to the saddle in the route description. We came down the right hand wash and had to get around a large dry waterfall. Lots of Cholla on this peak.
Nice, ragged scramble. The lower boulder-hopping was fun, the upper scree not so much. The final serrated ridgeline to the top is airy and fun and offered good rock scrambling. When with Chris G. Great views of the dunes and much of the Goldwater. Recent signs of a helicopter landing on the summit
Came back to "guide" Scott K up this one...the climb went much like last time, though we both summitted, and we were not able to drive in as far. Nice views again (Pinacate, Woolsey, and the Kofas among them). This time, we had time to find the register.
Had enough time after the climb to summit mighty Antelope Hill near Tacna and get a good night's sleep for the next day's hike to the top of the Sierra Pinta.
Went with surgent to give this one a try...we were temporarily thwarted by an unexpected bifurcation of the gully at around 1550' (hint: go right, up the nasty scree slopes for 200' or so and drop back into the easier gully higher up). The final ridge from saddle 2590' to the summit was knife-edged and windy; the ridge can usually be bypassed on climber's right, but not much could be done about the wind! The traverse just before the top is very easy, just very exposed, and going either over or under the tree will work. Other than those spots, just standard Sonoran desert terrain. Views were tremendous, I could clearly see Castle Dome, Signal, Woolsey, and presumably a decent ways into Mexico.
A rugged and seldom-visited desert peak located far off the beaten path.