|Hiking||2.34 Miles|| 3 Hrs 45 Mns || ||0.62 mph|
|1,903 ft AEG|| || || |
Not really up to Geronimo Head but in the vicinity.
Decided to try and force up directly south as opposed to following logical contours and such. As with the Flatiron and Amethyst Peak there's a steep ravine providing access. Of course there's always the "Y" option, I went left as it appeared more favorable... yeah right. Overall it wasn't too bad but I picked a narrow brushy, loose rock section that turned into it's own adventure.
It's just under a 1300 foot gain from creek to ridge. 600 of which is in the final 0.2 miles to the ridge. The ravine being north facing and tight like a pocket it created it's own micro-environment. I started off earlier in the mid 50's at the creek. Just as I was topping out I noticed I could see my breath then just onto the ridge it was in the 60's!
The views from the top made it all worth the effort. However there was no way in hell I was going down what I came up. I droped down into Peters Canyon which proved to be much easier. (This route is described by either Kollenborn or Feldman on some forum as a really old mexican trail. This is without a doubt the easy route, a horse could even make it.) It was cairned for a section. Ended up having to drop down to Tortilla Creek and back up for a section. The creek was just barely low enough find places to rock hop across. Appears the creek was at least six feet higher in the choked sections when the big storms rolled through earlier this month.