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Margies Peak - Skull 2493, AZ

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Distance Loop 3.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,112 feet
Elevation Gain 1,378 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,450 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 10.55
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5  2018-10-02 chumley
3  2016-10-27 mt98dew
58  2015-01-01
4th Annual New Year's Day Peak Celebration
18  2015-01-01
4th Annual New Year's Day Peak Celebration
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4th Annual New Year's Day Peak Celebration
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4th Annual New Year's Day Peak Celebration
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4th Annual New Year's Day Peak Celebration
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4th Annual New Year's Day Peak Celebration
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    Margies Peak - Skull 2493
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    4th Annual New Year's Day Peak Celebration
    Met Barrett(Barrett) for the first time and we headed out to meet everyone at the trailhead or parking lot. Well the turn out was great and this was my first New Years group hike.
    Pam did a great job of getting 14 guys to herself on New Years Day maybe it was the the Champagne and cookies?
    This was really a very nice hike it was really nice to meet up with familiar faces and some new ones.
    I am sorry for everyone that waited for me at the top knowing there was booze not being used until I got there. And of course for the ones that waited for me a the bottom.
    HAZ Hikers are awesome!!
    Margies Peak - Skull 2493
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    4th Annual New Year's Day Peak Celebration
    Highest Turnout yet for the New Year's Day Hike! The Official Count was 15... :y: Some Familiar Faces and some New ones.... : app : A Fan of Abbey, a Charger, A Boonie in Shorts, a Fearless Leader, a Taco Salesman, an Oregon Fisherman, a Tree in danger of toppling, a Rocketfooted Bartender, The Dave who's gained 5 lbs again, Grimey Dave, John the Gas Man, an apparent relative of Darren McGavin, a Friend named Dan and someone who's last initial stands for, once again, fashionably Late... :D It was Perfect...

    When I left the House, I was slightly dismayed at how Cloudy it still was, but every great once in awhile, during the Hike, the Sun would break through and it felt pretty good... :sweat: Considering the Chilly, Overcast Weather, I was very happy that so many turned out for it... :DANCE:

    According to Joe's Route, this was only 2.6 Miles Roundtrip, but with no Trail, and 1300+ Feet of Gain, it was no Slouch.
    I thought I did pretty well going up, but of course, most of the Peanut Gallery beat me.. :sweat:
    The only reason there was anyone behind me was because one was older than me and the other had a broken Ankle... :sl: Didn't have an Excuse on the Way Down, Senior beat me down...If Mr. Broken Ankle had beat me, I think I would have just laid down and quit... :sl:
    As I neared the Top, I came to realize that someone had provided Party Favors at the Top and there were Whistles and Horns cheering the Fact that I was finally in Sight... :sweat:
    Glad I dressed the way I did as I worked up a Sweat and it was pretty Chilly and slightly Windy on Top...Everyone was bundled up pretty well except Ken, who decided that Shorts were enough... :sweat: But his Face got Cold... :D
    Up Top, I found a 16th Person that the Guys had found and fabricated...Amazing, considering the mostly lack of White...I'm surprised no one was picking Cholla Spines out of their Hands... :sweat:
    I had seen some of the Views before when Ken and I did another Peak in this Area in November. I had a feeling that the Views from here would be pretty awesome, and I wasn't mistaken... :y:
    The Party went into Full Swing when Larry arrived, followed by Larry...Kudos to both, but especially Larry (Widowmaker) who has a pretty bad Ankle...I know that could not have been easy at all! : app :
    After a Group Photo, some Alcohol, Non-Alcohol, a Ton of Sugar, and Barrett playing with Sparks, it was almost time to head down. There was just a tad bit of Champagne left so we toasted one more time in John Scott's Name (johnr1)...I think he would approve. Missed having him with us this Year, but he will be remembered every Year... :)

    Down we went, once again, each at their own Pace. One of those Hikes where, at least for me, it was almost harder going down, then up... :sweat:
    Finally down, a few of us hung out for a bit before calling it a Day...

    Great Hike with New and Old Friends. Barrett, Scott, Ken, Joe, John, Larry, Larry, Bob, Dave, Dave, John, Terry, Patrick and Dan, thank you so much for a Fun Day and helping me Welcome the New Year in Style! It was great to see my Good Friends from before and it was great to meet some New Ones! Until next Year, when we can all meet up together again, I wish all of you and the HAZers who couldn't make it, a wonderful New Year! :)
    Margies Peak - Skull 2493
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    4th Annual New Year's Day Peak Celebration
    Another New Years Day hike with Pam and company! Despite antarctica temps it was a big group. Great to meet Patrick L(ate) & Ken after what seems like forever! Terry was all smiles, fun to chat with and brought a friend. Great to meet Scott too!

    It means a lot to me when anyone takes the time to participate on HAZ. Big group hikes aren't really my thing as I hate to feel that someone feels left out due to a quicker or slower hiking style. Nevertheless the opportunity to meet members I sincerely appreciate was a solid decision.

    The surprise of the day was a better than anticipated hike. Sweeping views got my attention. The surrounding peaks have a hint of mystery. The terrain is identical to the Quartz Trail area in the Estrellas. Snow dusted the cholla and saguaros on the upper end of the hike. On the return an hour later the great sonoran blizzard was history.

    Thanks to all and especially Pam for organizing the hike!

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    Map Drive
    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To hike
    From Phoenix, take I-10 West and exit onto State Highway 85. Proceed on State Highway 85 past the Buckeye Hills Recreation Area and the State Prison to MP 134 at Woods Road. Turn Left (East) on Woods Road which will turn into a Dirt Road right away. After Crossing the Cattle Guard, take an immediate Left, even though it appears that there is no Road there. It's there, and it basically does a U-Turn and follows the other side of the Fenceline back to the West, before turning North. At 3.4 Miles from the Cattle Guard, you will start to cross a Large Wash. The Sand is hard packed here and you can park in the Wash. If you are not comfortable with that, proceed another 0.8 Miles to the Turnoff for the Margies Cove Trail TH and Park there. The Road has some Sandy Spots, but the Sand is not Deep. A Low Clearance Car may have some Trouble in a few Washed out areas, especially at the Wash Crossings, but an SUV or Truck is fine.
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