Mount Perkins Ridge Walk

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Arizona, United States, North America
Route Type:
Hiking, Scrambling
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Time Required:
Half a day
Easy, some scrambling

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Created On: Jan 11, 2008
Last Edited On: Jan 11, 2008

Getting There

See the main page for road directions. It is about 8.5 miles of driving from US-93 to the lower towers on the ridge about 1 mile northwest of the summit. Most stock high-clearance vehicles should be able to get up this road.

From here to the summit is just a mile with about 600 feet of gain. You can start lower and make it a longer hike if you wish. There are some pullouts at around 4,200-4,400 feet just before the road steepens for the final push to the top.

Route Description

Just walk southeasterly along the ridge toward the summit. You pass many interesting large rocky pinnacles and cliff bands which are easily bypassed. Some scant paths help in places. Note a large rounded rock outcrop just northeast of the summit (in fact, this outcrop will block the actual summit from view for most of the hike). This is the only place where scrambling is possibly needed. A recent snowfall had melted enough to leave the south-west slopes bare but the northeast slopes still had quite a bit of snow on it. I tried the NE approach to bypass this outcrop but got concerned when I hit some ice, so I went around back along the SW slopes. I traversed about 200 feet then climbed up a chute for about 50 feet, then up some rock ramps before topping out, from which it was an easy walk to the very top. It's possible there is a path on the NE slopes. In any case, the climbing was easy.

I took 2 hours for the round trip but I started lower, too. Including driving times figure on about 4-5 hours for the whole endeavor.

Essential Gear

Maps for the roads, good shoes, water.

This peak could be climbed all year. Summer gets hot but a very early start could still make for an enjoyable hike. Make sure your car is in good shape.

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