Glyph Mountain 4094, AZ

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Distance Lasso-Loop 6.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,666 feet
Accumulated Gain 908 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3-4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 11.04
Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Seasonal Creek & Peak
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51  2016-09-24 AZHiker456
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Rocky Ridgeline Fun
by AZHiker456

Confusing prefixes, [thinking that ‘glyph’ meant ‘rock’], while heading up one of many rock-spine ridgelines that lead to the summit of what’s unofficially known as Glyph Mountain, it was easy to see how UN 4094 earned its unofficial name... or so I thought. Post-hike, it suddenly dawned on me that ‘petro’ = ‘rock/stone’; and ‘glyph’ = ‘symbol/carving’. Needless to say, I probably missed out on some sweet petroglyphs. However, regardless of whether or not petroglyphs or other types of glyphs are to be found on Glyph Mountain, one thing’s for certain: the many rock-spine ridgelines to choose from, coupled with exceptionally beautiful scenery, will make for one awesome off-trail adventure.

Hike (Note: the route I’ve detailed below is just one of many possibilities; the mountain looks approachable from many other fun-looking ridgelines as well): Starting from the parking area I’ve described below, continue along the unnamed dirt road for approximately eight-tenths of a mile, at which point you can head left around Cerro Colorado Tank or go to the right. Heading left allows you the option of summiting Cerro Colorado while your legs are still fresh, so this is what I opted for.

Next, follow the dirt road until you reach a gate/barbed-wire fence. This makes for a good point to depart from the road and begin your bushwhack toward Glyph Mountain as you head North, following the fence line. The fence line will put you and keep you in line with one of several very sweet rock-spine ridgelines that lead to the summit of Glyph Mountain. As you near the ridgeline, you’ll notice that the barbed wire fence starts to veer toward the right as opposed to heading up the center of the ridgeline. Therefore, after following closely to the fence for the beginning part of the bushwhack, I recommend just heading straight up the center of the ridgeline as I did, once you get closer to the mountain. The rock-spine ridgeline is routed, and with good griping footing and very little brush, it’s a fast and fun traverse.

The summit views are phenomenal and very similar to those from the nearby Cerro Colorado, with immediate views of the Cerro Colorado Mountains directly to the NE, and then further off are the Santa Rita Mountains to the East, the Tumacacori Mountains to the South, and the Baboquivari to the NW. At 4,094, Glyph Mountain sits slightly lower than the nearby Cerro Colorado (4,207’); however, because it’s closer to the larger, Cerro Colorado range, I thought the views from Glyph are better and more interesting. There is a summit register nestled under the obvious summit cairn. Unlike the nearby Cerro Colorado peak, this summit gets very little action. I did not see any trash atop the summit, thankfully; and the ‘log’, [which consists of a single small notebook page from the Southern Arizona Hiking Club], had only four sign-ins since July 10, 2004.

For my descent, I headed toward the prominent point that is almost due East and slightly North of the highpoint. There is a really large cairn on this prominent point, which is visible from the highpoint. Next, I headed off a ridge toward the NE and then bushwhacked a short ways NE & N, landing on a dirt road that loops around and eventually, [about 3.3 miles later] reconnected with my approach tracks right by Cerro Colorado Tank. From there, simply hang a left and continue for another eight-tenths of a mile back to your vehicle.

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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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2016-09-24 AZHiker456
    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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    Map Drive
    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To hike
    FLG: I-17 South to I-10 East toward Tucson to I-19 South [then see TUS below]
    PHX: I-10 East toward Tucson to I-19 South [then see TUS below]
    TUS: I-19 South to Exit 48 [for Arivaca Road]; go West [right] off the exit, then turn North [right] onto West Frontage Road; then, [within about 1/10 of a mile], turn left onto Arivaca Road. At this point, it would be a good idea to start your odometer if you’re not using a GPS app like Route Scout! Go 14 miles on Arivaca Road and then turn right onto an unmarked dirt road. I drove 0.30 miles down this unmarked dirt road and parked in a small *pullout on the left. However, the dirt road is in **good condition and it’s possible to drive further in if you wish.

    *CAUTION: While the pullout I've described above is an ideal spot to park in terms of location relative to the hike, there is a small amount of broken glass that cannot be seen in advance, due to the tall grass. Initially, I was not going to even mention this [cuz let's face it, sometimes we pull into a parking space at the supermarket, etc. only to notice we've driven over a small amount of glass]... but my tire pressure indicator light came on mid-way home and the next morning I woke up to a completely flat tire. Take it or leave for what it's worth.

    **Good if you have an HCV or more ground clearance, that is. If you’re in a car / low clearance vehicle, then park where you feel comfortable; even if you park right at the start of the unnamed dirt road & Arivaca Road, it adds only 0.30 miles one-way.
    page created by AZHiker456 on Sep 24 2016 9:20 pm
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