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Steamboat Mountain - Kearny, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Distance Round Trip 2.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,696 feet
Elevation Gain 1,355 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,355 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 9.28
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Peak
Backpack Yes
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18  2016-04-29 JasonCleghorn
10  2009-01-24 desert_boonie
12  2004-12-22 Desrat3635
14  2002-03-28
Teapot Sleeping Beauty Steamboat
Author Desrat3635
author avatar Guides 1
Routes 0
Photos 21
Trips 1 map ( 5 miles )
Age 56 Male Gender
Location Chandler, AZ
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Preferred   Mar, Nov, Feb, Jan → 10 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  6:14am - 6:15pm
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Grazing Mountain Lions
by Desrat3635

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I grew up in nearby Kearny, so Steamboat Mountain always fascinated me. It is made of limestone - built layer upon layer by an ancient sea. Fossils from various sea creatures can be found in the boulders that have fallen from its cliffs. The mountain is slowly coming apart, as evidenced by some large cracks found on the summit.

Steamboat Mountain is part of the Dripping Springs Mountain chain situated on the Pinal/Gila county line. It is in the eastern portion of the Sonoran Desert, and I have seen javelinas, rattlesnakes, a desert tortoise, and even a Gila Monster on its slopes. The area is also home to mountain lions, although I've not personally seen one. Prospectors have thoroughly worked the area, and there are at least two long-abandoned mine shafts near the mountain.

There is no trail. Just eyeball the route up to the top the best you can. I'm not a cliff climber, so I worked my way up the eastern side of the mountain where access to the summit is easier. There is a large, treacherous rock slide on that side, so make sure you're high enough on the mountain base to avoid it.

From the top, you get a great view of the Gila River Valley to the south, the Dripping Springs mountain range to the east and west, and the Pinal Mountains to the North. The town of Kearny is visible in the distance, and the smokestack from ASARCO's Hayden smelter can be seen to the east. The wash on the western side of the mountain has a seasonal waterfall, and there are a couple of canyons with springs to the north. These canyons have tall cottonwood trees and very lush vegetation.

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2005-12-30 Desrat3635
    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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    Map Drive
    Strictly 4x4

    To hike
    Take US 60 east from Phoenix to Superior. Turn right on state route 177 to Kearny. Turn left on the dirt road that leads to the two water tanks just past the turnoff to Kearny's business district. The dirt road is about 8 miles long and will take you to the base of Steamboat Mountain.
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