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Hiking Ward Mountain?

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Offline KDann

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Hiking Ward Mountain?
« on: July 25, 2006, 06:32:11 PM »
Has anyone here ever hiked Ward Mountain? I have always wanted to hike Ward Mountain, but have found little info on it.

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« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2006, 07:00:42 AM »
There used to be an old "Ward Mtn Trail" which I think actually went up the ridge from LW1 campsite to the points labelled 6940' and 6847' on the topo.   You can still find fragments of the old trail that run for a few dozen or hundred of feet before being obliterated by cactus.   It's still a route but no longer a trail.
Ward Mtn proper is the 6925' peak on the West side of Cattail Canyon.  I have been to the peaks labeled 7150' and 7140' to the SSW of LW3 campsite and they were fairly easily scaled.  The flanks of these peaks were a little steep, lose, and brush-covered but once you got on top they were grassy and smooth with studded tree's and nice views off to the South and SW.   It looked like you could hike along the ridge-line from these peaks toward's Ward Mtn but that there may be short cliffs or ledges that might prevent you from making the entire route.... TWWG

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« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2006, 07:59:30 AM »
Here is a pano from the summit of Carter with Ward Mountain in the pic.  I hope to make it up there this winter.  Sheep Mountain is actually Goat Mountain.  Messed up the label.  A Sheep is almost a goat.  :-)

Carter Pano

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« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2006, 08:44:25 AM »
Quote from: "attm"
Here is a pano from the summit of Carter with Ward Mountain in the pic.  I hope to make it up there this winter.  Sheep Mountain is actually Goat Mountain.  Messed up the label.  A Sheep is almost a goat.  :-)

Carter Pano


freakin sweet!  so much to do so little time (and money)  :cry:

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Offline KDann

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« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2006, 02:01:32 PM »
Quote from: "attm"
Here is a pano from the summit of Carter with Ward Mountain in the pic.  I hope to make it up there this winter.  Sheep Mountain is actually Goat Mountain.  Messed up the label.  A Sheep is almost a goat.  :-)

Carter Pano


Nice picture! Thanks for the help guys. Me and Brian plan on going back sometime in the winter. I hope we can make it up there.

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Re: Hiking Ward Mountain?
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2007, 12:19:52 PM »
Here is a pano from the summit of Carter with Ward Mountain in the pic.  I hope to make it up there this winter.  Sheep Mountain is actually Goat Mountain.  Messed up the label.  A Sheep is almost a goat.  :-)

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Love the pano! Anyone have the "route" mapped out?

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Re: Hiking Ward Mountain?
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2007, 02:04:31 PM »
there isn't really a set route

your best bet is to get on top of the ward mountain ridge and follow it out to the peak. half the fun of summiting the peaks without trails is to find your own way up and challenge yourself somehow

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Re: Hiking Ward Mountain?
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2007, 02:18:31 PM »
there isn't really a set route

your best bet is to get on top of the ward mountain ridge and follow it out to the peak. half the fun of summiting the peaks without trails is to find your own way up and challenge yourself somehow

that's true but every now and then bushwhacking can leave you turned around and you can lose your bearings ... a route helps and can be safer ... I really don't mind finding my own way as I have done it many times previous

have you summited Ward mtn?
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Re: Hiking Ward Mountain?
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2007, 02:53:01 PM »
there isn't really a set route

your best bet is to get on top of the ward mountain ridge and follow it out to the peak. half the fun of summiting the peaks without trails is to find your own way up and challenge yourself somehow

that's true but every now and then bushwhacking can leave you turned around and you can lose your bearings ... a route helps and can be safer ... I really don't mind finding my own way as I have done it many times previous

have you summited Ward mtn?

not yet, it keeps getting put off.

you should be able to see emory peak from just about anywhere on ward mountain, and if you're in a canyon/valley, head up stream to stay out of cattail canyon. it should be hard to get lost up there.

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Re: Hiking Ward Mountain?
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2007, 03:05:01 PM »
Earlier this year, Randell, his buddy Matt, and I had the goal of summiting Ward, but we ended up being content with Pt. 7077, an unnamed high point about a mile south of Ward. The route follows upper Upper Cattail Canyon from the Laguna West campsites until you reach the slope. It is a tough climb from there and covered with sharp plants. Presumably, one could follow the canyon another mile or so downstream and hike up Ward from there. I know Picacho has explored the area, and I'd be stunned if okiehiker hasn't. That said, it's definitely not for the casual hiker or someone who does not know their way around the Chisos.
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Re: Hiking Ward Mountain?
« Reply #10 on: December 15, 2007, 03:41:47 PM »
Did Ward Mountain back in March.  It included 6 summits, 5 along the southwest rim and one more after crossing Cattail Canyon on the way back to the Laguna Meadow Trail.  It is a great bushwhack with superb views. 

 


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