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Peak 1976 - White Tank Mountains, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Loop 4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,475 feet
Elevation Gain 481 feet
Accumulated Gain 494 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2-3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6.47
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Historic & Peak
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26  2011-06-06 kingsnake
4  2011-03-21 PatrickL
Author kingsnake
author avatar Guides 83
Routes 182
Photos 7,946
Trips 637 map ( 5,893 miles )
Age 57 Male Gender
Location Sunnyslope, PHX
Co-Author PatrickL
co-author avatarGuides 7
Routes 61
Photos 1,394
Trips 395 map (1,867 Miles)
Age 28 Male Gender
Location Buckeye, AZ
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Preferred   Feb, Jan, Dec, Nov
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  6:15am - 6:34pm
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18th tee trailhead
by kingsnake & PatrickL

Patrick L gave me the idea for this hike. He uploaded a route, but did not include a description for me to attach my triplog to so, voila!

The hike starts out crossing some golf cart paths as the Phoenix metro creeps ever westward. I did the route counterclockwise, whereas Patrick L did it clockwise. Start out heading west, basically up the middle of the wash. As the wash turns northwest, you can stay in the wash or keep heading west a hundred yards to intersect the jeep trail, which would be a much easier go. Both eventually take you to the petroglyphs. The wash, which parallels the jeep trail about 100 yards north, is mostly sandy, but not too deep. At the 1.5 mile mark you will dead end at a rock wall. There's a number of ways a non-technical climber such as myself could get up the wall, and I chose the easiest one, which is to the right/north.

Once on top, curl around left the wall, south and east to the fenced off petroglyphs. Wow, there's a lot of them!

After the petroglyphs, head west up the wash. I was looking for a trail up to Peak 1976, not realizing that Patrick L's route was off track. (There actually are north-south trails both east and west of Peak 1976, but none to the top. So, south up the hill ya go, picking your way carefully left and right to the top. (The west and southwest slopes appear considerably steeper.) 400 or so feet later, you will be at the very tippy top, 2025 ft., which is a hundred yards northwest of Peak 1976. Good views of raptors of both the feathered and jet-powered variety.

Patrick L's route continues southeast to Peak 1976, then down the steep southeast slope to the main jeep trail. Unless you want to check out that view, you've already peaked out, so an easier route down is east to the foot trail I mentioned earlier. You will hit the foot trail in the saddle directly south of the petroglyphs. Continue down that foot trail for a couple hundred yards to a foot trail split. Not sure where the left/east split goes, as it curls northeast. Take the right/south split, and within a minute you will intersect with the main east-west jeep trail, and the trail that goes northwest up the west side of Peak 1976. Book east up the jeep trail a little over a mile back to the trailhead.

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2011-06-06 kingsnake & PatrickL
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Peak 1976 - White Tank Mountains
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    Got a bit later start than normal, leaving home at 5:15 a.m., rather than starting my hike at that time, in order to finish my hike after the west valley rush hour. (If I had finished earlier than 9:00 a.m., I would be stuck in the middle of it, coming back into Phoenix.) As it was, I had to dodge a major accident, two cars totalled in the middle two lanes of west bound I-10, around 43rd Ave. Did not see anyone in the car, and no cop or tow truck in site. It was just ... there. Some aspiring Psych PHD should do her thesis on whether Phoenix traffic causes PTSD.

    Anyway, got to the trailhead and discovered there were no facilities, not even a garbage can. (Or, perhaps more importantly, no doggie doo station.) Proceeded up the wash for a few minutes, then provided some brush with much needed liquid refreshment. Was considering whether to continue in the wash, or head up the embankment to the jeep trail, but stayed in the wash until I unexpectedly came face-to-face with the rock wall. Started going up the middle, but decided even though it is not that high that my non-technical self did not want to risk doing a Ralston. Went north up an easier route, then cut back across the top of the wall to the petroglyphs. Took lots of pictures, then went looking for a good route up Peak 1976.

    There really is none, so it was slow going up the mountain's north face. (Sounds very Eiger-ish doesn't it?) There's actually a few small flat spots on the slope, but there are also some boulders, and plenty of cactus. I took my time mostly to avoid any serpentine encounters. Got to the top at 2025 feet, just northwest of Peak 1976. (A false peak.) Watched a raptor flying *below* me, while Luke AFB fighters roared overhead. Pretty cool.

    Up to that point had been considering combining Patrick L's Peak 1976 and Peak 2212 routes into one large loop. But going off trail up Peak 1976, and looking across the valley to doing more of the same up Peak 2212, I decided instead to bail. (If there had been an established trail I would have done it, but having to bushwhack, decided doing just one hill was the wiser choice.) Went east off the hill to a foot trail a couple hundred feet down. Started down the foot trail, and soon the bottom of my right hiking shoe got all stabby. Took off my shoe to find all kinds of cholla needles jammed into the sole. Took awhile to remove them, as they were remarkably tweezers resistant. Got back down to the main east-west jeep trail, then headed east back to the trailhead. Good thing too, as it was warming up quick.

    Time In: 9:14 a.m. Duration: 2h 47m. Hike time, minus breaks, removing cholla needles, GPS/map reading, etc.: 1h 46m. Distance: 4.24 mi. Pace: 2.40 mph. 849 AEG.

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    West on I-10 to Exit 120. North on Verrado Way, 40mph, ~2.4 miles. West on Lost Creek Drive, 30mph, ~1.2 miles to trailhead. No facilities, not even a garbage can.
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