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Sitgreaves Mountain, AZ

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Guide 13 Triplogs  2 Topics
Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Flagstaff > Flagstaff NW
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Difficulty 4 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Round Trip 4.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,700 feet
Elevation Gain 1,056 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,904 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 6-7 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 13.92
Interest Peak
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7  2015-05-18 BobP
4  2014-07-06 JuanJaimeiii
21  2012-06-23 chumley
8  2010-08-21 sbkelley
12  2007-09-23 Jim_H
9  2002-10-25 MtnGeek
Author MtnGeek
author avatar Guides 9
Routes 0
Photos 118
Trips 72 map ( 489 miles )
Age 42 Male Gender
Location Denver, CO
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Seasons   Summer to Autumn
Sun  6:09am - 6:38pm
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A pain in the butt
by MtnGeek

Likely In-Season!
Sitgreaves elevation is 9,388 feet.

It was created by different smaller lava domes forming in the same area and on top of each other, which explains why there are so many false peaks all over the mountain. It sits on the same fault line that Kendrick Peak and Bill Williams Mountain resides. This Mountain stands alone north of I-40 between Flagstaff and Williams. There is no trail to the top. There are many false peaks all over the mountain. To hike the mountain you need the 7.5-minute topo maps of Parks and Sitgreaves Mtn. You need to be good at route finding also. This Peak can be done alone or done with Peak 9,004. Doing it from that route you hike Peak 9,004 along with 3 other false peaks. The climb is very steep up and down on every false peak. The forest is thick enough that you have to rely on the map quite a bit, it's easy to get off course. The hike to the top could take 5 hours, and one hour back down. It takes quite a bit of route finding to get yourself back to your vehicle as well. This mountain is rarely hiked. It sees few visitors.

Where you start is arbitrary. FR833 as mentioned in the description below is not on current maps. It is an old jeep road to the 8368 saddle on the ESE side of Sitgreaves. The Official Route starts from FR66 but there is nothing official about it. Access from Spring Valley Road northwest of the mountain is a popular starting point too.

Start the hike from the bend on FR 833 up a small ridge with a narrow road heading towards the mountain. Once at the end of the road head up a steep ridge on Peak 9004. Near the top it flattens out and becomes an easy walk to the summit. From here you cannot see Sitgreaves Mountain. You have to rely strictly on your topo map and compass to get you across the ridge to Sitgreaves Mountain. It is easy to get off course. From the first false peak to the Peak of Sitgreaves route finding becomes much easier. The constant ascents and descents gets very tiring. From Sitgreaves Peak you can see the general location where you started from. To get down hike to the pass between the Peak and the false peak. Work your way down a ridge to a lower false peak on the side of the mountain. From there head toward a gully on your left and stay in the gully. This gully should take you back to your vehicle. Hiking up this route would be very steep and not very desirable.

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This is a moderately difficult hike.

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2002-10-14 MtnGeek
    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.

    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Sitgreaves Mountain
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    2nd hike up for me in 8 years, had planted a geocache here and decided it was time to retire. Approached from the north via unnumbered spur road off FR 141 / Spring Valley Rd. I had found this access on older topo maps and now easily viewed on Google Earth. It's apparent this area was used for fire control a few years back, there are still some big piles of deadwood waiting for the right time to burn.

    Ascended by prominent ridge which gave pretty good GPS reception through moderate tree cover and had good game trails most of the way with very few obstacles in the form of fallen trees. Made it up in about 1:20 and took just a few minutes to wander the summit meadow. Ladybird beetles were abundant as others have reported here & on nearby summits. Last time I was here there was a log book in glass jar right next to the benchmark but saw only a few glass shards.

    Rain was forecast at 40%, caused only minor hesitation at the 10am start but was motivation enough not to linger, so headed down right away and caught just a few sprinkles during the hour descending by same route. Had the GPS failed, the ridge still would have been pretty easy to navigate without getting too far off.
    Sitgreaves Mountain
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    The main purpose for this trip was to avoid the general unhealthfulness of a lazy day spent drinking beer at the Flagstaff Made in the Shade Beerfest, while avoiding those popular trails around Flag that everybody else hikes on a hot Saturday in June.

    The forecast earlier in the week had introduced the possibility of some monsoon moisture over the weekend, and while we were hoping for some clouds and even the chance of a shower, it was instead a perfectly sunny day, with not a cloud to be seen anywhere. The temps were in the low 80s, and there was a really pleasant wind, sometimes gusting over 30mph on the mountain.

    So on to the hike ... I had read the description and triplogs and knew to be prepared for false peaks. Subsequently, I had plotted a route and entered waypoints in my GPS. I even traced my potential track in pen on a printed topo map I was carrying with me.

    After taking FR74 and FR75, we made the first left after driving around Bald Mountain and down the other side (marked as FR9521L). We drove up that road about 1/2 a mile and decided to start there.

    (This description probably makes the most sense if you read it while also looking at the GPS track I posted). We hiked east, climbing up the first ridge, occasionally finding a short game trail, but otherwise just doing our thing with the intended target of the saddle below peak 8625, which we could sometimes see through the trees. After about 1/2 a mile, we came to a drainage that had a really nice use trail along it. In retrospect, hiking upstream from there might have been a good idea, but my plan had been to go up the 8625 ridgeline to peak 9004, so we crossed the drainage and traversed a little bit to catch a small ridge and climb a pretty brutal 700ft in 1/2 a mile. By pretty brutal, I just mean steep. We were fighting the elevation and oxygen starvation, but the terrain was generally ok, with some loose footing, but mostly fine.

    Upon reaching peak 8625, we took a 10-min break to recover some oxygen and muscle strength before proceeding toward peak 9004. This little ridgeline was a great respite. Flat, shaded, breezy, and some nice views. The grade increased slowly and before we knew it, we had knocked off another 1/2 mile and were at the top of peak 9004. There was a rarely used peak register here ... a GLASS bottle ... that we signed. There were two sheets of paper with signatures dating back about 10 years. Definitely not a frequently visited peak!

    From here we headed northwest toward Sitgreaves, knowing there was going to be some ups and downs to negotiate. Heading down to the saddle was a pleasant stroll through a dense Aspen grove, though it did get a little bit steep. My goal was to try to avoid all the false peaks, by simply going around them, but we got caught up trying to traverse around a little peak that was just too steep and covered in fallen trees to make it worth it, so we cut back to the north side of the mini-peak where the footing was gravelly and more desert-like. In retrospect, it would have just been easier to climb this little bump than the effort we put in trying to go around it!

    Next up was peak 8944, which featured a pretty solid climb (400 ft in 3/10mi). Again, I figured we would only go as high up as the next saddle and traverse around, but we found ourselves on the north side, and the trees and vegetation along with the grade made traversing nearly impossible, so we ended up bagging that false peak too.

    The ascent up the last peak before Sitgreaves was the steepest of the day. Strangely, there was a use trail going straight up this open glade, and even more strangely, it had been deliberately blocked with large aspen branches, presumably to prevent overuse and subsequent water channeling/erosion. Once again, my grand plan to bypass the actual peak by traversing at the level of the next saddle just wasn't practical due to the steepness of the terrain. Traversing the side of a steep hill isn't that much fun.

    Despite being just one peak away, with the goal now in view, that climb just about killed us, and we took a 20 minute break and ate some food before making the final push down to the saddle and up to Sitgreaves Peak.

    Oddly, there was no peak register on Sitgreaves, despite there having been one on 9004. There was a benchmark marking the peak, and another refrence mark pointing to the benchmark. The peak is mostly open, with great views in most directions (north being obscured by trees). As with most Arizona peaks, there were countless ladybugs on the various plants, and as we took another lengthy break, we were actually bothered by a lot of fairly aggressive black flies, though they didn't bite.

    After 45 minutes enjoying some food and a couple of well-earned beers we decided to head back down. I had originally planned on going on the east side of the two twin peaks below Sitgreaves, but we ended up just going straight down the drainage between the two.

    The south side of the peak was steep, and very loose, sandy, gravelly, scree. There is no way I would have wanted to ascend this way, even though it would be significantly shorter. (I think this was probably JimH's 9/2007 triplog route). I basically skied down the mountain, using my poles and hop-stepping and sliding straight down. It was actually sort of fun! 700 feet in 3/10ths of a mile! Wooooo!

    We followed the drainage the remaining mile back to the truck, through open and easy pine forest, arriving at 5:15p (3:15 to get up, and just 45 minutes of skiing/hiking to get down!)

    I think we all agreed that on-paper, the 4.5 miles and 1700 feet doesn't sound very tough, but it was definitely a pumpkin-kicker! Much more work than anticipated!

    Not only did we not see another person, we didn't even pass another vehicle until back on paved roads. A great day of solitude in the mountains!
    Sitgreaves Mountain
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    I came up from FR 75 and the base of Bald Mountain. It took about 1.5 hours to come up that very steep and gravelly slope. I made the summit, but views aren't really good from there. So, I went off the summit a little to the east and got some good views of the cloud covered peaks. I hiked this the day after a heavy rain event and some clouds from the pacific low were lingering in the area. Not a bad little hike, but very steep AND gravelly so while I enjoyed it, its not likley to be a regular one.
    Sitgreaves Mountain
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    I did this hike with my dad and his freind Tom. This was a very steep mountain with lots of false peaks. It was neat doing an off trail mountain that takes a little bit of route finding. Not very many people reach the summit of this peak, theres not many people that know about this one anyway. There were millions of lady bugs on the peak that day.

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    To hike
    From Flagstaff take I-40 west until you get to exit 171. Take Fr 75 for about 2 miles. The first mile is paved. Then take Fr 74 around Bald Mtn. Take a sharp turn left up Fr 833. Park at the bend of 833. The Forest Roads get rough.

    (see note at beginning of description about FR833)
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