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Routes in Elephant Head

Cable? What Cable? T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
Hiker's Route T 3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a
Rocktology T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b R
West Gully T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R
Type: Trad
FA: unknown
Page Views: 575 total, 12/month
Shared By: mikehilbert on Nov 17, 2013
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick

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Description

2nd and sometimes 3rd class terrain. The summit ridge drops dramatically away on both sides, but one can usually avoid undue exposure during the scramble to the summit. Once on top, Elephant Head rewards hikers with its famed “Elephant Shrine”, and sweeping views of the Santa Rita Mountains and across southern Arizona.

beta credit: http://blog.summithut.com/post/2009/01/30/Elephant-Head-Pilgrimage.aspx

Location

Drive I-19, exiting at Canoa Road (Exit 56), then turn south on the frontage road on the east side of the interstate. After 3 miles, turn left (east) on Elephant Head Road and drive for about 1.5 miles before turning right onto Mount Hopkins Road. 5.5 miles later watch for a dirt road (Forest Service Road 183) which turns left into Agua Caliente Canyon. About 2.5 miles up FS 183, watch for a Carsonite sign on the left side of the road, “TRAIL 930”, marking the trailhead (31.69549 N, 110.929 W, WGS84). After walking Trail 930 for about a mile you will run into the Chino Canyon road described above. Turn right (north) on the old mining road and walk to the rock cairn (31.71369 N, 110.93517 W, WGS84). Roughly a mile short of the mine, an unmaintained hiker’s route to Elephant Head leaves the road and plunges steeply into upper Chino Canyon and then climbs to the broad saddle east of the peak. Follow the ridge west to the peak.

Protection

None needed. If you find yourself exposed at all, you've gone off route.

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