Routing for views
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 before I knew it I had views of Saguaro lake.
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 major 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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