username
password
help
username
password
help
Destination
Mount Ajo Peak
26 Photosets
2014-11-02  
2014-11-02  
2013-12-08  
2013-03-23  
2013-03-23  
2013-01-13  
2011-12-30  
2011-12-26  
2011-12-04  
2010-03-21  
2010-03-20  
2010-02-06  
2009-04-27  
2009-04-27  
2009-03-02  
2009-01-18  
2008-02-25  
2007-11-23  
2007-02-11  
2007-01-27  
Page: 1,  2  

Mount Ajo Peak, AZ
2007-01-2720 by
 
page   1   2
Southwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking Jan 27 2007
Vaporman
Hiking9.50 Miles 2,800 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   4 Hrs   50 Mns   1.97 mph
2,800 ft AEG
 no routes
Partners none no partners
What an amazing gem of a hike this turned out to be!!! :D The massive cliffs, many different varieties of cactus, stunning peaks and rock formations, narrow canyons, not to mention the three Desert Bighorn Sheep I encountered on the ridgeline. The guide lists it as 5 mile to the peak taking the Bull Pasture trail on the way up with an added 1/2 mile from taking the very scenic Estes Canyon trail at the junction on the way back (this junction in only at the beginning and would make a nice 4 mile alternative loop). The drive from PHX to the visitor's center was 2.5 hours with an additional 0.5 hours on the Mt Ajo scenic drive to the TH.

The hike was definetly worth the 3 hour drive and its just tough to put into words how much I thoroughly enjoyed it. I ran into about a dozen people hiking the lower loop and some made it up to Bull Pasture, but I only ran into one other guy making the trek up to the peak itself. The sweeping views from the peak include the ridgeline of this range (many other peaks, towers, and canyons), countless other ranges & peaks in the vacinity, a shiny spot on the horizon to the SW that 'may' have been the Gulf of Baja California or just a dirt cloud, and a distinctive peak to the east that was most likely Baboquivari.

On a side note, there is a makeshift Border Patrol station just north of the monument that didn't think too highly of my loaded shotgun in the trunk. But everything is legal (myself, my car, and the shotgun) and the dogs of course didn't smell anything, so I just sat back and tried my best to hold back a smirk. If the border was more secure, I wouldn't even think of bringing a loaded weapon to a National Monument (I know, illegal as well).....:twisted:
_____________________
Yea, canyoneering is an extreme sport... EXTREMELY dramatic!!! =p
Author
Vaporman's

229 Photosets
  2007-04-28
  2007-04-07
  2007-03-31
  2007-03-24
  2007-02-18
  2007-02-11
  2007-02-04
  2007-01-27
  2007-01-27
  2007-01-20
  2007-01-06
  2007-01-06
  2007-01-01
  2006-12-03
  2006-12-03
  2006-11-25
  2006-11-25
  2006-11-19
  2006-11-12
  2006-11-11
Page: 1 ... 7,  8,  9,  10,  11,  12    


Since 1996! Member driven since 1996! or

HAZ was created for the love of hiking. It is something special. The content is family friendly for all to enjoy. Take a few minutes to keep it the best hiking resource on earth. Write a triplog that will be useful to someone you do not know. Post photos on less used trails. Inspire a future generation. If your bills are squared away consider a donation.
enjoy life, be careful & be kind
About
FAQ
Shop
© 2015 HAZ
Mobile Version