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This is a modest but nice little rewarding peak that can be reached via the Cave Creek/Seven Springs trailhead. A little extra effort is required to reach this peak with approximately 1.5 miles of off-trail each way. Most will find the first half mile of off trail the toughest, as one makes the initial off trail climb up a distinct ridgeline that runs down to Quien Sabe Trail. The climb is not overly bad, as there is a relatively distinct game trail the entire length of the ridgeline. However, the footing will never be overly stable with several ankle breakers to contend with and terrain similar to that of Skull Mesa with pin cushion cacti and agave lurking in the tall grass. However, after the quick climb up the thin ridgeline the off-trail route becomes very manageable and fast going. There is nearly a mile long stretch of flat grassy ground with several game trails to ease travel. The peak sits at the end of this long mesa-like stretch and only requires an easy climb up a modest slope.
There are several other options for reaching the summit. One can summit via the Cottonwood Trail, utilizing the Bronco trailhead, or exit Skunk Tank Trail much earlier than its intersection with Quien Sabe and utilize the Quien Sabe Creek drainage. I exited the summit via the aforementioned Quien Sabe Creek and would not recommend that as an ascent route. It is very steep near the top and one will not have the advantages of being able to see the game trails more clearly, as they do when coming down this side. The posted official route is less direct, however, far more straightforward and much easier.
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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