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Salida Gulch Trail #95 - Bradshaw Mountains - Prescott Arizona
Salida Gulch Trail #95 - Bradshaw ...
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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.
Check out the Official Route and Triplog.