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Drinkwater Peak - MSP, AZ
2012-05-215 by
 
Phoenix, AZ
 
Hiking7.87 Miles   3 Hrs   54 Mns    2.35 mph
2,411 ft AEG      33 Mns Break  
1st Trip Logged
Partners None
have some time off this week, so i'm hitting some of the hikes on my wish list
i've been up mcdowell peak before, and eyed the ridgeline to drinkwater
decided to try it
gateway loop to bell pass
from the saddle, up the ridge any way you can avoid the cactus
going up to mcdowell was as hard as i remembered it simply due to the terrain
took a few minutes at the peak, but forgot to look for a benchmark
the traverse over to drinkwater was actually pretty enjoyable as much of the hiking was on good rock and not loose scree
not much elevation gain or loss
looked for a benchmark but didn't find one, although i remember patrick saying there was one
i don't know what possessed me to go down north off drinkwater, but i just didn't want to go back the same way, especially the part down from mcdowell
followed a drainage somewhat and it was pretty slow going
not sure this route was any faster than an out and back
there was no possibility of getting cliffed out and i just took my time
took my trekking poles and while they were mostly extra weight, i did use them on the descent
the drainage runs into windgate, and back to gateway loop
it was fun to stand on drinkwater, as i don't think a lot of people go up there
if you're going to put in the effort to go up mcdowell, drinkwater is a relatively easy bonus
had one mishap with a rock shifting under my right foot, putting a gash in my left shin
had left my first aid kit on the counter - lesson learned; might need a checklist
a few scratches from bush-whacking but not many cactus needles this time
minimal damage
this off trail stuff is still a bit out of my comfort zone, and it always takes more time
saw maybe ten people the whole time
nice enough at 5:45 a.m., and was heading down as it started warming up

edit:
forgot to mention that i think i saw a small grey fox in the drainage - would that be possible?
also saw several helpings of what looked to me like mountain lion scat :o (google research)
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