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Bull Pass Ridge, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 4 of 5
Distance One Way 0.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,290 feet
Elevation Gain 52 feet
Accumulated Gain 150 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 0.9
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Peak
Backpack Yes
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16  2017-04-23 syoung
Author syoung
author avatar Guides 6
Routes 23
Photos 1,125
Trips 593 map ( 3,813 miles )
Age 42 Male Gender
Location Mesa, AZ
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Preferred   Feb, Jan, Dec, Nov
Sun  5:17am - 7:39pm
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Warning the 2019 Woodbury Fire & 2020 Sawtooth Fire damaged a majority of the Superstition Wilderness.
On the razors edge
by syoung

Page stats are for the ridge. An out-n-back hike from First Water Trailhead is 11.25 mi / 1,530 aeg.

Yesterday I decided to tick off Black Top Mesa. On my way up I caught a glimpse of this peak and thought it might be this peak that you can see from Battleship. When I got home and was able to pull up a topo map, I quickly realized that it was not the case. I decided to head right back out there today to see if I could make my way up to it.

Getting to the turn off should present no issues; take Dutchman 104 to Bull Pass to the turn off for Black Top Mesa. Instead of turning right for Black Top Mesa, turn left and prepare for the off-trail mess in front of you.

The destination is the tall peak at the end of this cragged mess of decayed rock, steep slopes, and moss-covered exposed surfaces. It is quite reminiscent of the spine along Battleship but much more challenging. The exposure, at times, can be significant. Indeed, the final push to the final peak fell short because of the exposure issues.

It is definitely advantageous to stay on top of the ridge as much as possible. Diving down onto the slopes takes all of the good footing away.

Upon reaching the trailhead, I inquired about this ridge with the two park rangers there. They had no information about the who/what/why it is painted.

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2017-04-23 syoung

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    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 / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To First Water Trailhead
    From Mesa follow Highway 60 East to Idaho Road. Turn North onto Idaho Road which is SR88 and follow North 2.2 miles. SR88 bends right just past Scenic St. and Idaho continues North. Be sure to go right and stay on SR88. Follow SR88 5.2 miles to the signed turnoff for First Water Trailhead, this is FR-78. Turn right on to FR-78 and follow 2.6 miles to the end.

    This trailhead feature restrooms without running water. The large parking area fills up in season. When full utilize the Horse Lot 0.5 miles back.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 43.1 mi - about 59 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 136 mi - about 2 hours 16 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 187 mi - about 3 hours 3 mins
    page created by syoung on Apr 23 2017 12:46 pm
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