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Peak 1787 - Gibraltar Mountain Wilderness, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 2.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,000 feet
Elevation Gain 787 feet
Accumulated Gain 823 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5.44
 Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Ruins & Peak
 Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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7  2022-11-04 GrangerGuy
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author avatar Guides 22
Routes 84
Photos 562
Trips 62 map ( 671 miles )
Age 66 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb → 9 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  7:34am - 6:06pm
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by GrangerGuy

 Likely In-Season!
Overview
Enjoy an easy paved access and an easy off-trail hike to a summit in the middle of the Gibraltar Wilderness. It’s not Gibraltar itself, but higher, and the route features the remains of an RF-4B plane crash.


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From the intersection of Shea Road and Swansea Mine Road, head northwest across the desert. Follow an old road as it climbs the ridge to the north. Efforts have been made to obscure the road by throwing boulders onto it, and if you get even a few feet off, it can disappear. However, its general direction is clear and you can see it high on the ridge, so it is not hard to follow.

As the road gets to the top of the ridge, take a detour over the top to a geocache commemorating the site of an RF-4B jet crash from 1975. Some of the debris can still be seen from the ridge. The road ends soon after. Stay on the ridge crest, with easy walking, first heading west, then north to the summit.


From here, one could envision many other rambles around this wilderness. A lot of wandering seems possible.

The false summit just a little short of the main destination has its charms as well. There is a curious hole that might have once supported a pipe or flagpole, and signs that large birds sit up there and survey the desert.

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2022-11-10 GrangerGuy

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    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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    To hike
    From anywhere, using Google Maps, navigate to Shea Road and Swansea Mine Road.

    From Phoenix, take I-10 west to exit 45 (New Hope) and head north on Vicksburg Road. At AZ-72 turn left and drive to its intersection with AZ-95. Continue north on AZ-95 almost to Parker and turn right on Shea Road. Drive 13 miles to the intersection with Swansea Mine road and park.
    page created by GrangerGuy on Nov 10 2022 1:29 pm
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