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Peak 5822 - Iron Mountain Quad, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Distance Round Trip 1.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,211 feet
Elevation Gain 608 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,050 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 6.65
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40  2012-12-20 CannondaleKid
Author HAZ_Hikebot
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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Sun  6:13am - 6:22pm
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Overview: The first .2 mile follows an old service road to a small meadow. There is no trail from there so it's a matter of picking your way through a few open areas filled with cats-claw, then into thicker vegetation and finally larger trees interspersed with doses of Manzanita so it won't be an easy bushwhack by any means. But the views over the Superstitions are fabulous, especially across to Iron Mountain.

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2018-07-14 HAZ_Hikebot
    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 5822 - Iron Mountain Quad
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    With temps in the upper-20's and high winds, I'm sure gusting 45-50 mph this was one COLD hike. I planned on using 3 layers of clothing but thankfully I brought more because I used five layers. Even though I was bushwhacking up steep slopes through very dense brush (reminded me of the Manzanita on Mt Peeley) it didn't appear I was sweating at all because the wind kept me so cool.

    The summit itself had so much brush around it it was hard to see much, but as I wandered around a bit the views were awesome. I crossed a saddle to a lower peak for more photos before heading back to the car. Good thing it was a steep downhill or I likely wouldn't have made it through the thick brush. I followed fresh deer tracks as much as possible but had to crawl on my stomach a number of times to get through some of the low brush so it was not fun. Eventually I reconnected with the route up and found some clear areas, well clear if you didn't count the knee-high cats-claw all over.

    I'm glad this one is done!

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    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To Rogers Trough Trailhead
    Take US 60 east out of Apache Junction. A couple miles past Florence Junction turn north onto Queen Valley Road and follow 1.6 miles. Turn right onto FS 357 (Hewlett Station Road) and follow about three miles to FS 172. Turn left onto FS 172 and follow this for 9.1 miles (keep an eye out to your right near the four mile mark for a thin arch) to FS 172A. Turn right onto FS 172A and follow 3.8 miles to the Rogers Trough trailhead. The last mile of FS 172A is definitely four wheel drive due to the washed ruts and some steepness. A high clearance pick up without four wheel drive could probably make it but you'd be in trouble if it rained. Be sure to stop and look over your shoulder. The views are awesome looking down in valley extending below.

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    FR 172 - Hewitt Station Road to Rogers Trough TH

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) - 68.4 mi, 2 hours 3 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) - 102 mi, 2 hours 51 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) - 213 mi, 4 hours 19 mins
    page created by CannondaleKid on Dec 24 2012 3:57 pm
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