Re: Recent AZ Prominence Peaks
- March 22: House Mt (5127, P = 927). This is the HP of the land S and E of
W of Oak Creek Village and N of McGuireville. No
register. 3.5h, 5m, 1200ft.
On separate short hike climbed UN 4838, P = 578, about 5
miles ESE of House Mt.
March 26: UN 4728, P = 888. This is N of the Chicken Springs Rd W of
Wikieup. AZB 3-01
register. 2.25h, 1.5m, 1100ft. Also climbed Aubrey Pk
(5078, P = 838), S of the road.
MacLilley 11-87 register signed by AZB. Hualapai Mts.
March 28: UN 3432, P = 912. In Granite Wash Mts N of Vicksburg. Used
Yuma Mine Rd
E of AZ 72 to drive close. MacLilley 2-16-07 register, no
other signers. 3.25h, 4m, 1500ft.
March 30: Cactus BM (2676, P = 896). In Sacaton Mts. Easy hike from AZ
387 E of I-10, Exit 185.
Bob Moore 12-04 register, no other signers. 2.25h, 2m,
March 31: Coffee Flat Mt (4621, P = 941). In the Superstition Mts. Used
Dutchmans Trail up past
Miners Needle, then Whiskey Spring Trail down into Whiskey
Spring Canyon, then bushwacked
up to summit. Wood and wire on summit, but found no BM or
register. 11.75h, 12m, 3600ft.
April 1: Rhodes Pk (7123, P = 1243) in Galiuro Mts with Andy Martin and
Doug Kasian. We drove 6 miles
up the Rhodes Ranch Rd from the River Road S of Mammoth,
parked at locked gate. We walked
road E down to ranch buildings then up toward Rhodes. Left
road and hiked up grassy slopes and
into major drainage W of Rhodes. It was hard work going up
the steep rocky, brushy slopes to the
trail along the upper ridge which we took S to near the
summit. SAHC register. 11.75h, 9m, 3800ft.
Doug and Andy had to wait for me several times.
April 2: Rawhide Mt (5560, P = 1120). I got a San Carlos Permit at a
Circle K in Globe which said
"not valid in the Salt and Black River Areas". $10. Drove
the Coolidge Dam Road 6.8 miles E from the
dam, then went 6.7 miles S on the road which DeLorme calls the
Hawk Canyon Rd. When I came to a
gate about half way between Roadrunner Tank and Talk Too Much
Tank (see Rawhide Mt Quad) I drove
my camper a ways up the 4WD road to the S and parked just
before another gate. Neither of these
gates were locked, both being held closed with ropes. Walked
uphill SE, then down into the upper
reaches of Hawk Canyon at about the 3340 level. Then it was
steep rocky brushy slopes up to the
summit ridge area. This is where it got interesting. The
summit area is made up of huge disconnected
boulders separated by slots choked with brush. It took me
about 3 hours to figure out which boulder was
highest and find a way to get to it that I could talk myself
into doing. I did manage to stand on top of
the highest boulder. These boulders have a surface like very
coarse sand paper with 1/4 inch or so
granules. So, my shoes gripped really well and I could use
little finger tip holds. Standing on a boulder
to the S of the highest one I sort of lunged up toward this
highest one. I made a little collection of rocks
for a cairn. No register up there and no BM either. The map
indicates a BM which might be on a nearby
easier to climb boulder, but I didn't do much looking around
as it was such hard work moving around in
the slots and on the boulders up there. At one point I found
that my day pack made a slot climb more
difficult so I left it. I took so many twists and turns from
that point on that I had a hard time finding it
again. But I did find it thankful for the water which I had
left. I went back down to Hawk Canyon via a
drainage with bypasses of at least 3 barrier falls, picked up
the road and walked that back to my camper.
Got outa thaya. 9.5h, 6m, 3100ft. Now if one were willing to
untie that rope and open the gate and drive
down to Hawk Canyon one could take 3 miles and 2 hours off the
hike. With good luck at the summit
one could perhaps makes this in 5h, 3m, 2300ft. The Hawk
Canyon Rd is unmarked except for a small
sign a few feet in indicating use by tribal members only or
with special permission.
NOTE: I now have 415 of the 431 clean 1K AZ Peaks. There is only one
non-technical one left that I know of and that
is Jerusalem Mt. I think I know how I will attempt this, but decided to
put it off for the time being. After 3 long tough
days I felt more like RECUPERATION than more PUNISHMENT. April 8 I leave
for Nebraska where I hope to finish
the COHP's of that state (I have 30 left) as well as redo Faulk County, SD.
Just read the impressive report of all the AZ peaks climbed by
Bob... Congratulations.. Enjoyed the description of the top with
I am in Colorado and we (family) are mainly doing downhill (alpine) skiing.
Managed to go for a hike last Tuesday, climbed Mount Silverheels,
no 96 in Colorado, 696 meter prominence. Trip report on my
mountain page, www.ii.uib.no/~petter/mountains.html
The wind was about 60 mph on the summit.