Peak 1713 ft., (522 meters), Yuma County, Arizona
Located in the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge
|A view looking west at Peak 1713 ft. From the road the peak had a steep looking north side, although it doesn't look so bad in this view. We elected to walk around the west side to a canyon on the south side which was a good route. The map below shows the actual route. Above photo by Shelley Rogers, November 29, 2014.
|The above map shows the route from the dirt road called the Camino del Diablo. We parked at point S1 which is about 6.3 miles west of Tule Well. The map has the UTM grid using NAD27, Zone 12. A GPS waypoint file for the route is available: Peak 1713.gpx
Driving Directions: To reach the starting point the best route is to drive south from the town of Wellton on Interstate 8. On the Interstate use exit 30 at Wellton. Make sure you have a full tank of gas, water, and other supplies since there are no services for many miles in this area. Go south on Ave. 29E for 2.7 miles to 14th St. and turn right (W). Continue on this paved road which will turn to good graded dirt for 4.0 miles to Ave. 25E and then turn left. A sign here indicates the boundary of the Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range. A permit is needed to enter the Goldwater Range which must be crossed to reach the Cabeza Prieta Refuge. See notes below. Reset your odometer at the sign and head south on the broad, sandy road. Pass by a sign for the Cipriano Pass Road at 12.7 miles. Ignore any other side roads and continue south and after 25.3 miles find Post C21 where the road turns east. At 29.1 miles you will reach the Cabeza Refuge boundary where a form should be filled out at a kiosk. Drive for another 8.5 miles, about 37.6 miles overall, to the start for the climb at point S1.
Notes on Permits for the Barry M. Goldwater Range and Cabeza Prieta Wildlife Refuge: This peak is in the Cabeza Prieta Wildlife Refuge. Public entry for hiking and camping is allowed with a permit from the Refuge office in Ajo which regulates public entry. The permit will also allow you to drive across the Barry M. Goldwater Range to reach the Refuge. For information write or call the Refuge staff at: 1611 North Second Ave., Ajo, AZ. 85321. Phone: (520) 387-6483. Four-wheel drive vehicles are required. More information on permits is at my site: Cabeza Permits Note: Before driving in call the BMGR office in Yuma at: 800-979-0657.
Hiking Notes: Walk south toward the base of the mountain at point S2. Continue along to point S3 at the south end of the ridge. Go around the ridge and turn sharp left now going north into a canyon. Go up somewhat crumbly slopes to a narrow saddle in a ridge at point S6. Turn left and stay on the right side of the ridge. There are two blocks at the summit and the eastern one is the highest. The route is only 1.1 miles to the top with a gain of about 520 ft. This is a good, short climb I recommend. 11/14 RLC