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Sharp Peak - Roskruge Mountains, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 5.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,793 feet
Elevation Gain 878 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,198 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 11.59
 Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Seasonal Creek & Peak
 Backpack No
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23  2022-10-25 Mike_W
author avatar Guides 44
Routes 66
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Trips 211 map ( 1,182 miles )
Age 51 Male Gender
Location Tucson, AZ
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Preferred Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb → 9 AM
Seasons   Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  6:55am - 6:23pm
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What a sharp idea
by Mike_W

Sharp peak is one of the higher points in the Roskruge Mountains, which are West of the town of Three Points and North and East of the Tohono O'Odham Indian Reservation. This hike involves walking a 4x4 road, a walk through open desert without a distinct trail, and a rocky climb & scramble to the top of the peak.

Park near the road junction and take the road that travels west, not south. The south road goes to Martina Mountain, see that guide for details.

Walk the road going west about 2/3 of a mile. At this point, you'll exit the road at the north and continue traveling northwest through open desert. Along the way, you'll cross through several shallow washes and you may see some free-range cattle in this area. The brush wasn't thick in any area the entire way. You'll see a few rolling hills along the way and you can walk to the saddle or low point for all of these cases.

After traveling a total of about 2 miles, you should have a full view of Sharp mountain from this point with Sharp Peak to the far north and possibly out of sight in the back. You'll hike up to the low saddle on the south side of Sharp Peak which has roughly an elevation of 3,120 feet.

From this saddle, you should be able to see a clear route to the top of Sharp Peak first traveling northeast and then northwest. When traveling northeast up the ridgeline, it's best to stay just to the left of the ridgeline and stay high to reduce the steepness of the slope going down into the canyon below. You'll reach the 2nd saddle up high.

From the 2nd saddle, you'll travel northwest to get to the top. See my route for more details. At the top of the mountain, you can look to the east and see a large pond which is where all the cattle get their water from. There's also a registry under a small rock pile at the top. The peak is a relatively small area but there are some nice views of Kitt Peak, Coyote Peak, Martina Mountain and the entire surrounding area. Return the same way you came.

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2022-10-26 Mike_W
    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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    Strictly 4x4

    To hike
    Take Rt 86 (Ajo Way) West of Tucson and pass through the town of Three Points. After passing Sasabe Road (Rt 286), you'll continue on Ajo Way for roughly 4 miles. Then, look for the sign marking the Tohono O'Odham Indian reservation. You'll make a right turn just before this sign, and enter State Trust Land.

    There will be a gate here right by the road. If you find a gate closed, always close it again after passing through. Continue for about 1.1 miles and then look for a faint left. This turn can be easy to miss and there is a ditch shortly after turning that will only be possible with a 4x4 and high clearance. You'll continue through 2 gates in a relatively short period of time. The road will get pretty rocky at times.

    After traveling a total of 2.6 miles, look for your next left. I chose to park near this road junction because the road continuing West was very overgrown with some 2-3 foot thorn bushes in the middle of it. The road also seems to get rockier and more rugged. So, why drive it when you can walk it just as easily?
    page created by Mike_W on Oct 26 2022 1:41 am

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