I've been staring this mountain down just about every day for the last couple months, I decided it was finally time to go check it out.
My route began along the valley floor with 3671 looming in the distance. Soon enough, I was marching up Caterpillar Hill. Saw the upper section of Caterpillar's remnants for the first time, which is just a big hole in the ground. All I could think of is what they did with all of the dirt... At this time, two trucks began their climb up the service road. For those of you that don't know, this is the straight road that jaunts right up the mountain side on the southeast part of the White Tanks. I imagine everyone who's ever been close to the area has seen it. I started making my way up once the trucks were out of view.
The road was a little steep. It's no Thompson Peak, but my legs were woken up. Some nice views of Barry Goldwater Peak, 4018, and the various mountains to the west once the road tops out. I wasn't sure if there was a trail the rest of the way, but I saw a cairn and figured I'd start there. No trail, but it was easy going. Most of the rocky obstacles were easily avoided, except for one that turned out to be a simple scramble. Started along the ridge as I had over shot and was a short ways away from the actual peak. The ridges had some fun terrain, mostly rocky outcrops.
Up on the peak, I stumbled upon the summit registry, complete with 2, count 'em, 2 whole entries. Saw two other hikers walk by on the road around this time. I conducted what I felt was an extensive search for BM Light, but unfortunately, never found it. I was really looking forward to seeing it, too! This put a slight damper on the trip, but it was made up for, and then some. I continued south along the ridge, towards one of the taller cliffs. I decided not to go all the way, as I was alone and, well, you never know. I did however, park right behind it. Sat down, threw on the perfect music, and stared down at the valley for a bit. It was peaceful.
I checked out another trail that spurs from the service road. I'm not sure what it's doing up there - seems a little out of place. It ends with a little roundabout as if something of interest is there, but I didn't see anything. Some nice views, though. Saw parts of the White Tanks I haven't seen before.
My apologies to all of the organisms that got trampled today. Mainly you, you unavoidable moss-like plant.