Solo hike on the way home after doing Leprechaun Canyon.
Yes, surprisingly easy, took me less than 2 hrs at what I felt like a leisurely pace.
I built about 10 cairns where I crossed the wash/canyon just for fun.
Summit was super windy.
Scott and I climbed this after hiking through Maidenwater Canyon with his kids. The views were spectacular. We parked on a little road just to the east and I was surprised how simple, albeit loose the climb was. I suspect this knob is still elevated because it used to have a Curtis cap that has recently been eroded away geologically speaking. Now this knob is quickly eroding away. Also noticed a lot of bird crap on the top...but I can't explain that one.
Parked on the dirt road directly east of Turkey Knob; its less than 2 miles RT from here. It was terribly windy and I was worried about the exposure on the summit block and whether I'd be able to climb it safely... turns out it was easy and not a problem in the wind. The crux was downclimbing the little gully below the summit block... I left my sunglasses in the car and the wind was constantly blasting sand in my eyes as I tried to see the footholds. The early morning views and unsettled weather made for some stunning views. Nice little solo jaunt while waiting for friends to arrive for a weekend of canyoneering.
This is a cool, unique peak that goes fairly quick from the east side. I was able to park to within 3/4 mile from the summit and climbed up to the north ridge, skirted around to the nw side, and climbed a couple loose class 3 sections. Don't climb this in wet conditions, because the peak is nothing more than dried mud! It's a nice little add on to a canyoneering trip at North Wash.
January 18 2010.
February 17 2013
After exploring Maidenwater Canyon Matt Lemke and I climbed Turkey Knob for the fine views. My dad came along, but didn't climb the final ledges. After enjoying the fine views we descended the peak and headed back to camp.
January 18 2010
After January 17 we were about weary of conditions in the technical canyons, but Kessler still wanted to do one. Members of the group were Kessler, Richard, Dad and I. We decided on the ominously named Death Canyon since the technical section is pretty short so we would be able to check it out easily before descending the most difficult section.
We hiked up Death Canyon to the falls, finding a fair amount of snow, but pretty easy conditions. We climbed up a low 5th class route on the west side of the canyon. Kessler and my Dad were belayed while Richard and I climbed rope-less. We walked around the west side of the canyon until we found a climbing route down in. Kessler was lowered by rope into the canyon and my Dad was belayed while Richard and I climbed down free.
After dropping into the canyon, we explored downcanyon. We got to the technical section and set up the ropes. Richard went down first, but Kessler began to get nervous about rappelling off the drop. I lowered him off the first drop and we went downcanyon to the next rappel. This one was into a shallow pool of water and Kessler was nervous about this one too, but the survived. Everyone except Kessler got wet, but it was a fairly nice day-for January.
After eating lunch, we found a climbing route to the east wall of the canyon. All of us headed towards Turkey Knob, but Richard stopped once we reached the ridge since his ankle hurt from a minor fall yesterday.
Kessler, Dad and I struggled our way towards Turkey Knob. In some places there was a fair amount of snow, in other places there was a bit of loose scree and sand, but overall it wasn’t too difficult, though it was strenuous. We reached a sub-peak before finding ourselves on an exposed knife-edged ridge (this is not the easiest route on the peak).
Kessler and Dad stayed put while I tried to find a route to the summit. I traversed over to the north side and found a loose chimney allowing access to the base of the summit block which I also climbed quickly. I found a better route down via a steep and dirty gully, but the route was suitable for Dad and Kessler so I went back and got them.
Kessler and I made it to the summit of Turkey Knob while my Dad stopped 10 feet short of the summit due to some exposure. We found some incredible views from the top on a clear day. It was a climb well worth taking.