On the razors edge
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 great. 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.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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