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Stewart Mountain, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 2.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,800 feet
Elevation Gain 1,134 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,134 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2-3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 8.17
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Peak
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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2  2020-04-18 seanpeters
36  2020-04-18 adilling
4  2017-11-28 jimntempe
20  2016-10-29 JasonCleghorn
8  2015-02-26 hikingaz2
7  2014-12-31 BobP
10  2014-12-05
Sunrise Adam Stewart
13  2014-01-25 BEEBEE
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Author joebartels
author avatar Guides 242
Routes 836
Photos 12,083
Trips 4,882 map ( 24,923 miles )
Age 51 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec → 7 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn
Sun  5:33am - 7:32pm
Official Route
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Historic Fire Perimetersacres
🔥 2020 Goldfield Fire11.2 mi*
🔥 2020 Bush Fire193.5k
🔥 1995 River Fire9.8k
🔥 View All over Official Route 🔥
*perimeter length in miles

Routing for views
by joebartels

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On what would likely be the last cool day until autumn, I decided to enjoy it. This mountain had been in thought for some time. With a quick look at a map, I decided the major ravine on the east was the route I'd attempt. I parked right where the ravine crosses Bush Highway. I hiked down in and out of the ravine with the intent to follow the south side. Within minutes I approached a dirt road. So much for off-trail hiking. I followed the road a short distance, then headed straight to my destination. The desert is easy to negotiate. Boots are necessary, but pants are not. It seemed like I was hiking to the mountain, but I had views of Saguaro lake before I knew it.

It gets a little steep going up, but nothing more difficult than Camelback or Piestewa Peak. The mountain has three peaks with a high valley in the middle. After hiking up about 760 feet, I entered the valley. Less than a quarter-mile through the valley, I headed up the western peak another 370 ft.

From the top, there's a good view of a significant portion of Saguaro Lake to the southeast. Red Mountain is west-southwest. At over seven miles away, I wouldn't consider it a great view. The Goldfield Mountains make up the near southern view with some high cliffs.

On the return trip, I headed straight down the ravine. The going is slow with some large boulders.

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2006-04-27 joebartels
    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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    Paved - Car Okay

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    From Mesa
    Head take SR87 towards Payson. Get off on the Saguaro Lake exit. Head south about three miles on the Bush Highway just past Butcher Jones turnoff. I parked just under two-tenths of a mile south of the junction. You could start this hike from other places too. A chauffeur is handy as parking on the side of a highway is probably not kosher.
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