Overview: This is a hike to the highpoint of the Coyote Mountains. While technically the peak is not named, I've labeled it Coyote Peak in that it might make it easier for people to search for. It is an extremely rigorous and difficult hike. While the distance and elevation gain are not necessarily difficult, the route finding and overgrowth on the "trail" are.
Warning: Be prepared for cactus, cat's claw, shin daggers, spanish bayonet, scrub oak, and more; particularly after attaining the ridge line. I highly recommend long pants, sleeves, and even gaiters.
History: Supposedly, the trail that you will eventually hike on was built by a local rancher some decades ago. He had it built for his wife to ride her horse to the summit of the Coyote Mountains. It does to the the top but is severely overgrown in places and seems to just disappear in others. Often times it's only visible by a few rocks that seem to be in too straight of a line. In many steep places as it moves along near the top of the ridge line, it makes tight little switchbacks. It is amazing the amount of work that was put into building it.
Hike: The initial part of the hike getting to the ridge line is pretty straight forward although you will definitely lose and re-find the trail many times as it weaves it's way up the mountain side. After attaining the ridge line it moves back and forth across the ridge line and around many of the sub-peaks along the way. Before you start the last steep climb to the summit ridge, it moves well off the ridge to the southeast before a sharp right turn where you should stay in the gully along a wall of rocks. On our ascent we moved too far to the west and encountered steep treacherous terrain. Once near the summit ridge you will encounter lots of scrub oak growing across the trail.
Water Sources: I don't believe there is any reliable water source.
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.
This is a more difficult hike. It would be unwise to attempt this without prior experience hiking.
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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