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Humboldt Mountain, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
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Distance Round Trip 7.88 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,554 feet
Elevation Gain 1,700 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,717 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 16.47
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Humboldt Mountain
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Routes 95
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Trips 384 map ( 2,943 miles )
Age 79 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred Feb, Jan, Dec, Mar → 7 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  6:56am - 6:24pm
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Historic Fire Perimetersacres
🔥 Humboldt 20047.6 mi*
🔥 2020 Sears Fire14.5k
🔥 2005 Cave Creek Complex169.4 mi*
🔥 2004 Lookout Fire7.7 mi*
🔥 2004 Humboldt Fire6.6 mi*
🔥 1979 Verde Fire22.9k
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The Big Golfball
by MEWhiteman

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If you have ever wondered about the mountain with the big round ball on top in the Seven Springs Area north of Scottsdale, it is called Humboldt Mountain and there is a little-used road to the top. The white “golf ball” is an FAA radar station used for air traffic control. There is also a fire tower and other equipment at the top. The road is paved, in decent shape, could be driven in a car or truck, and is also used by mountain bikers. Route finding is as simple as it gets, and the slope is gradual and consistent to the top, a good workout. You are rewarded with great views. There is little shade on the hike; just an occasional juniper off the road.
Beginning at the pull-out at the junction of FR24 and FR562 hike up the road. At 0.47 miles N33.96192° W111.83324° pass the junction with FR1097 on the left. At 0.56 miles go over a cattle guard and at 1.03 miles there is an unmarked dirt road to the left. At 1.97 miles after 844’ elevation gain there is a pile of dirt on the left providing a good seat for a break at about the halfway point to the top. Shortly beyond the road dips slightly for a short distance before resuming the climb. At 2.7 miles N33.97626° W111.80163° pass the junction with FR309 and begin long switchbacks for the final mile to the top.

At 3.96 miles N33.98143° W111.79773° reach the top of the mountain where you can take a break and enjoy the fantastic views in all directions. After your break, retrace your steps to return to your vehicle.

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2022-03-19 MEWhiteman
    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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    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Loop 101 in North Scottsdale take the Pima/Princess Road exit and drive north for 13 miles to Cave Creek Road. Turn right and continue on Cave Creek Road (aka FR24/Seven Springs Road) to FR562 on the right between mile markers 9 and 10. FR562 is recognizable as it is paved shortly after the turn-off. The FR562 sign is about 100 feet up the road. There is a small pull-out on the right after the turn and another larger one on the left a short distance after passing through the gate for parking. If you get to Seven Springs Recreation Area on FR24 you've missed the turn and gone about 2 miles too far.
    page created by MEWhiteman on Mar 19 2022 10:09 am

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