Mount Graham Climber's Log

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technicolorNH

technicolorNH - Sep 8, 2018 5:39 pm Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2018

Stupid restrictions  Sucess!

The area is closed for red squirrel habitat but aside from some chittering lower on the slopes there was nothing but birds up above in the burnt out forest. The summit area has excellent views once you get a couple hundred feet in any direction. I bagged the peak closer to the observatory by mistake then came back to the actual summit, which has cute rock towers. Two hours up from the end of the pavement and two hours down. Going to have to use more sunscreen!

xbaghat

xbaghat - Sep 4, 2018 10:00 pm Date Climbed: May 22, 2018

twenty-one ultraprom  Sucess!

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gimpilator

gimpilator - May 6, 2018 10:14 am Date Climbed: Apr 15, 2018

Burned  Sucess!

This mountain is burned. We didn't see any squirrels except down at the campground. Hiked up Heliograph afteward. trip report

seano

seano - Dec 24, 2016 10:26 am Date Climbed: Dec 23, 2016

Standard route  Sucess!

I should have ridden the paved road, which is one of the most spectacular climbs in the country, far more interesting than the dirt road to the top. Thanks to a fire, there are decent views of the valleys 7000'+ below on either side, as well as the "Imperial walker"/telescope. No squirrels, and very little snow. Ultra #50 -- almost there!

coltonpalmer

coltonpalmer - Jan 21, 2016 4:42 pm Date Climbed: Jul 4, 1983

Mt. Graham  Sucess!

I grew up in this area, spending a lot of time playing in the snow in the winter, swimming, fishing, motorcycle, and horseback riding and camping on this beautiful mountain. Nice retreat from the valley in the summer heat.

Brian Kalet

Brian Kalet - Dec 5, 2015 10:57 pm Date Climbed: Nov 22, 2015

Limited Views  Sucess!

The drive to the TH provides better views than the summit...

mstender

mstender - Aug 3, 2015 11:56 am Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2015

Fantastic hike!  Sucess!

Used the combination of 2 old jeep roads same as others described here. I enjoyed the hike a lot: very lush, many wildflowers, deer, no people.

boisedoc

boisedoc - Nov 4, 2014 4:57 pm Date Climbed: Oct 31, 2014

Deserted and quiet  Sucess!

Climbed via the hospital flat campground. Didn't see a soul- or a squirrel. As others noted, top has burned but only a little deadfall at the very top. Limited views. Register in the tree stump is completely waterlogged

Paul McClellan

Paul McClellan - Mar 28, 2014 12:19 am Date Climbed: Mar 22, 2014

Pleasant Early Spring Hike  Sucess!

Hiked Forest Road 507 to near the summit where I went cross country through downed burned timber to the summit ridge. I eventually found the summit registry in a burned out tree stump under some rocks and downed timber. Look for a circular rock design near the stump. I found the benchmark nearby as described in the summit registry. The road was mostly clear of snow. The wind through the standing burned timber made mysterious sounds. A very pleasant solo hike.

Redwic

Redwic - Nov 3, 2013 8:00 am Date Climbed: Oct 24, 2013

No issues  Sucess!

I did this on a long day which also included Rice Peak near Mount Lemmon. I did not see any negative signage or squirrels along the route.

Fletch

Fletch - Dec 28, 2012 5:22 pm Date Climbed: Nov 4, 2012

Pretty area  Sucess!

and no one around...

joseyinnet

joseyinnet - Nov 2, 2011 9:55 pm Date Climbed: Oct 30, 2011

Mount Graham  Sucess!

Didn't see any signs anywhere about it being closed, but heard some of the squirrels chattering at me from the trees. Nice views of the other sky islands from the road.

PrestonArizona

PrestonArizona - Nov 17, 2010 9:40 pm Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2010

10,720'  Sucess!

Great hike, and what a view!

ericwillhite

ericwillhite - Oct 19, 2008 2:47 pm Date Climbed: Oct 14, 2008

Trail and road hike  Sucess!

Found the trail (old logging road) just above the campground that is in ok shape with some brushing done. Took this to its merger with the pass on the main road that goes to summit. Did this with my one and three year old....the first of 2 ultra peaks in 2 days for them in Arizona. Pictures and map of route taken at http://www.willhiteweb.com/arizona_climbing/pinaleno_mountains/mount_graham_257.htm

oldadit

oldadit - Aug 5, 2008 12:42 am

Can we make this legal ?  Sucess!

Back in 1990 (?) when I walked the closed road
from the south with Sarah, it might have been legal.
I'd like to grease some wheels, and get legal
permission for a very few hikers to visit the summit.
The time and route could be chosen by the Forest service.
Fees could be paid, etc.
Am not making much progress - if you have any ideas
please contact me. Thanks - Andy

ericnoel

ericnoel - Apr 17, 2007 10:57 am Date Climbed: Apr 16, 2007

Graham  Sucess!

One summit, zero red squirrels. It was a cold day, below freezing when I started but that was an improvement over how cold it was while car camping beforehand. Hiked from where the old summit road takes off from the main road, as both were gated. Probably ten miles or so though I cut that down a bit by chopping off some of the switchbacks.

weeds19

weeds19 - Mar 21, 2007 1:01 am Date Climbed: Oct 4, 2003

Way up high!  Sucess!

This is a very impressive peak! It towers over the surrounding terrain and creates an ecosystem all its own. I agree with past logs that the drive up the road is more tiring than the hike itself.

e-doc

e-doc - Dec 17, 2006 11:08 pm Date Climbed: Jun 15, 1989

busted  Sucess!

Spent a week in Arizona visiting an old HS friend. We summited and on way down got busted by the USFS.(The summit was closed due to ongoing scientific study of the endangered red squirrel and the proposed UA telescope. We walked by the closed signs thinking; "We'll never see a FS ranger!") Pleaded ignorance and confusion on reading the closed area signs. Later in the week, we spent a few days in Havasu Canyon, Humpreys Peak, Walnut Canyon and Sunset Crater.

Dennis Poulin

Dennis Poulin - Nov 22, 2006 5:45 pm Date Climbed: Nov 16, 2006

Road Walk  Sucess!

Road walk with Dean and Rick. Nothing too strenuous about this one. Driving up the paved road is more tiring than the hike.

Bob Bolton

Bob Bolton - Jun 7, 2005 12:39 am

Route Climbed: Mt. Graham Road Date Climbed: May 24, 2005  Sucess!

Duane and I parked at the junction of SR366 and the Mt. Graham Road. Our information had been that this road was badly overgrown, but it had apparently been recently graded to service the fire that charred much of the forest on the south side of the peak. This was the third of nine Ultra-prominence peaks in nine days that we did on our southwest Ultra sweep. Nice hike, even on a road.

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