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Diamond Mountain 5120 - Tonto NF, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Distance One Way 1.52 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,113 feet
Elevation Gain 1,182 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,191 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 5.49
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Peak
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author avatar Guides 16,882
Routes 16,052
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Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
Age 22 Male Gender
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    Diamond Mountain 5120 - Tonto NF
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    Diamond Mountain Summit Loop
    Clockwise so it was steep uphill from the start.
    Scared up two deer within 100 yards of TH, probably because I was upwind.
    Scared up three large does while on the first ridge. No photos either time.
    A brutal hike... 95° @8 am, 114° @2 pm.
    Emptied 100 oz bladder and 32 oz bottle of mix within 3 hours, had to stretch a 20 oz bottle of water for over 2 hours, ran out with 30 minutes to go. Leg cramps back at car.
    Drank a gallon of fluids and ate a meal before getting back home (~8 lbs) and weighing myself I was 4.5 lbs less than when I left. So how much did I lose?
    8 + 4.5 = 12.5 lbs!!!
    Diamond Mountain 5120 - Tonto NF
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    Nice cool day and the year's coming to an end. Haven't done much off trail hiking this year. Decided to combine some off trail with some geocaching and a little bush crafting to cover all my hobbies at one time. So off to Diamond Mountain I went.

    I'd planned out some possible ways up and down, but as the old military saying goes, "no plan survives the first engagement." Mine didn't either, but not sure if the changes I made on the fly were better or worse than my plan. Either way, it is a haul up to the top of this mountain and there are lots of shin daggers and holly shrubs to make it even more interesting. Was in no hurry though, to I meandered a bit taking in what ever struck my fancy.

    The two geocaches on the top were easy. I gathered some yucca stalks to try as a hand drill for making fire and some fronds the same plant to make some natural cordage.

    Really great views from the summit. And excellent cell phone reception, too. Hung out at the top a while enjoying some snacks I brought along.

    Came down using the route downloaded from HAZ. Man is that steep and overgrown. Kicked up a young doe on the way down. Lots of deer tracks all over the slopes of the mountain.

    The cow trail was right where it should be at the bottom. Was nice walking on sort of decent ground and contouring. Enjoyed O'Neil Spring along the way back. The spring box was full of good water. Very nice little oasis with the sycamore trees. In the shade the shallow water was all ice. Gets cold at this elevation at night in the winter.

    Fun hike, but reminded me why I like trails.
    Diamond Mountain 5120 - Tonto NF
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    Indian Spring Peak - Diamond Mountain Loop
    Great to be back home for a day after 8 days of snow every day and temps 11 - 28 and picking up a killer cold.

    Joe threw out opt A, that I nixed, and then came up with this one that intrigued me. A new area to explore... yea!

    We started gaining elevation for 2.5 miles on FR1333 until Joe's track took us cross country to Indian Spring Peak. Some sweet views on the way and at the Peak. Joe's showed off his mad climbing skills while I stayed below to try and catch the video that would have for sure gone viral. No luck, he made it up and down without incident.

    Next, cross country following the Diamond Mountain ridge line. There were lots of sharp prodding plants that left me looking like a pin cushion, around the peak before peak 5013. If you try our route, go over the top instead of around the peak. Approaching Diamond Mountain Peak 5120, we noticed a person standing on top. We went over to meet Frank, who was camping up top and spends quite a bit of time up there. We had a nice conversation with him before having lunch and making our way down the side of the mountain.

    Because of the slow going we scuttled our plans to climb over Black Mesa and 3570. We got back to the truck just before dark.

    Video - :next:

    On the way home on we passed up HAZ'ers Tricold & Slowandshadey.

    We have a ridge & more left out there to 'splore some time soon.
    Diamond Mountain 5120 - Tonto NF
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    Indian Spring Peak - Diamond Mountain Loop
    Intense saguaros west of Black Mesa on the Beeline near Sycamore Creek have intrigued me driving north for decades. This route didn't hit the hotspot yet now I understand the scree and saguaro show layout! Portions of our loop offered outstanding views. The incredible weather probably would have made anything seem great today, it was nice to be in an area I anticipated exploring.

    We headed up the road in the crisp of morning. It was great to see Bruce after his week off for deer hunting. The off trail started out easy. We made it to ISP after dropping our packs at the saddle below. The peak has a short scramble to the top. Up the south end on the left of two crevices. Near the top slide right and up. Great holds, enough exposure to make you think, over quick if you keep moving, slight trust sliding back down to the ledge.

    Over to 5120 for lunch. The short leaf aloe type plants along the way were the only annoying part of the hike. In areas they cluster in large circles. Met Frank on 5120 and chatted for awhile. Basically he's retired. Basically to 5120. Lunch on the edge with sweeping views from Ord to the Superstitions. Just yabba dabba doo fantastic.

    Frank showed us a route down. We tried it. Off trail seemed easier and less brushy so we aborted back to the planned route. Heading SE off a tier below was steep, slick grass and oh heck it was awesome due to the weather.

    1,500 feet lower we picked up FR1700 for a bit then off trailed back to square one.

    Took 3 quarts, consumed 2. Pants are a must!
    Diamond Mountain 5120 - Tonto NF
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    Indian Spring Pk - Diamond Mtn Loop
    In my search for more hikes in the area between SR87 and Bartlett Lake there wasn't much to offer so I joined Indian Spring Peak and Diamond Mountain and made a loop hike out of it.

    Although I used Route Manager and flipped back and forth between map, topo and satellite I got off to a little bit less than a good start. At the end of FR1697 there was a large tree so I parked next to it while I prepared to set off on my hike. Looking at the GPS route it appeared the trail would be about 100 feet north (down the slope) from where I parked. So I followed what turned out to be a cow-path until the point where the trail should be but just found more cow-paths. Not knowing if the trail was still in existence I just set out in the direction of the wash I knew I'd have to follow.

    Although I had to vary the route due to the numerous ravines and ridges I tried to keep going in the same general direction. At about the half-mile mile point I was tiring of all the ups-and-downs so I figured I'd seek a higher elevation and try to follow a terrain line even if it meant winding in and out at each ravine. I hadn't gone but fifty feet or so when I hit what turned out to be a real trail. From there on the hike was far less demanding... especially knowing I had already racked up as much AEG as the whole hike should have been! (I'd find out how I missed the trail on my return trip)

    Now being on a reasonably well-used trail there was no need for the GPS and I just followed the trail until making a bee-line for the saddle just below the false summit of Indian Spring Peak. I took a few photos before heading to the peak but the closer I got the more I realized how sheer it was and I wasn't going to actually 'summit' it. I'm sure I could have gone another 30 feet higher if I took my time and carefully picked out the route but with the temp getting higher it was better idea to just climb into the first crevice and lay back in the shade for a short break.

    Break over, now I'm heading down to start the next up-and-down part of my hike. I would drop down between each and every peak and climb up to the next one on the way to the Diamond Mountain summit. After all the climbing early in my hike this seemed pretty easy, the only dangers were the small agave-looking plants (looked like sharpened french fries sticking up) that were everywhere! And they were sharp! I'd be lathering myself with aloe lotion to sooth the pain once I got home.

    After numerous ups-and-downs I'm at the Diamond Mountain summit. Wanting to figure out how I missed the first part of the trail I planned on dropping down toward the north until I hit the trail to follow it all the way back to the TH. But what seemed like a good route from below turned out to be very loose terrain so I ended up looping around the first terrace below the summit until dropping down a ravine toward the east. Afterward I realized I should have followed the route I had drawn down from Diamond Mountain because it hit the trail right about where I first found it on the way out. That route would have been almost directly east down from the summit.

    Now that I'm back on the trail I followed it all the way back to the trail head. Although it wound more than my more direct route, it had none of the ups-and-downs as I did and ultimately it was shorter as well. Oh yeah... as I approached the trail head the trail came to within 40' of where I parked... only it was uphill from where I parked instead of downhill. Oh well, it upped my AEG which has been lagging lately.

    Some of my photos for the day are in the photo set for this hike and two are tied to my 4x4 trip logs:
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