Cerro del Pinacate (3,937')
Carnegie Peak (3,707')
4.09 miles 1900' in via the DPS route + Carnegie
6.74 miles, 1289' up and 3865' down out via the road
Cerro Pinacate is one of the 4 Sierra Club Desert Peak Section peaks down in Mexico and one of the final three I needed to complete the list.
Normally it makes sense to combine this peak with a few in southern Arizona. Ajo, Kino, and Baboquivari kind of naturally combine since they're roughly in the same area. Except as this point I've done all of those twice (minus Kino which I've only done once) leaving Pinacate a very long distance orphan.
|Red arrow points to Pincate|
I'd actually attempted this peak before only to be turned back at the park gate for a very vaguely worded "security concern" Having seen friends be let it before and after that I always wondered what was going on and this time when Jen called to verify we could get in she mentioned we'd been turned back. Apparently that was the only time they'd ever shut it down and that was because they found some illegal radio towers and had kept out everyone for a season until it was resolved.
So here I was several years later still needing the peak and under the gun to get it before my December list finish. With Jack Kieffer completely out of vacation days that limited our options for trying to do more than one peak so we settled on making it a party. Come join us for a 400 mile drive, a campfire and overnight in Mexico, and a 6 mile hike (according to the DPS guide) followed by another 400 -ish mile drive. We made plans for a festive happy hour and soon had 7 us signed up.