Lives up to its definition....
Maverick Mountain it the 6th highest peak in the Bradshaw Mountain Range. The "Bradshaws" were named for two brothers, Isaac & William Bradshaw. Prior to being named the Bradshaws, were previously known as the Silver Mountain Range. Much of the Bradshaws were occupied by Apache indians in the 1800's. Upon conclusion of the Civil War, Lincoln commissioned Joseph R. Walker a civil engineer of the Union Army to map out resources of the newly named territorial capital, Prescott. Led by William Bradshaw, the "Walker Party" set out and discovered gold along Lynx Creek and the Hassayampa. Soon thereafter, the Bradshaws filled up with prospectors chasing out the Apaches.
The Bradshaw Range geologic make up consists of Precambrian schist, granite and other intrusive rocks. These have been brought to the surface by geologic uplift. In addition, younger tertiary volcanic rocks, like basalt, are outcropped on the hills and mountains of the area. Older Precambrian rocks are underneath.
Could not find how Maverick got its name, however, Maverick Mountain lives up to its definition. The Webster Dictionary says a "Maverick" is an "independent individual who does not go along with a group or party". Its a lone outpost mountain and shares it southeastern ridgeline of Mount Tritle. The mountain provides some awesome views of its sibling peaks (Mount Tritle; Mount Union, Mount Davis, and the entire north-south ridgeline of Spruce Mountain). Unlike many mountain summits or peaks with are open outcroppings of rock, Maverick is a Gamble Oak thicket with an occasional Juniper or Spruce. Much of its summit is covered with Mountain Snowberry and the infamous thorny New Mexican Locust. Much of its north flanks have thickets of the Locust which I can see why the mountain has been reported as a "scathing bundle of joy".
The Maverick Mountain summit (7443') is located 3 miles south as the crow flies from the Ponderosa Park community; 2 miles south of the Hassayampa River; 2.5 miles south of Wolf Creek Road. Its prominence can be seen looking west from the Senator Highway which is 2.5 miles east of its summit or from the north in the Ponderosa Park community. Maverick shares it southeastern ridgeline with Mount Tritle via Forest Road (more like a jeep trail) 9403C. Maverick is an ideal "add on" or double summit journey with Mount Tritle. Maverick can also be conjoined with an off-trail journey connecting Wolf Creek Falls and/or the Hassayampa River drainage.
The north-south traverse has been flagged with orange tape cairns tied to trees and shrubs.
Access to the mountain can be via Forest Road 9403C
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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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