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Stewart MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 09 2011
paulhubbard
Hiking2.50 Miles 1,188 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles   3 Hrs      0.83 mph
1,188 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Who hasn't driven to Saguaro lake and wondered, "What the heck is that billboard looking thing up there on the mountain?"

Well, curiosity got the best of me so I enlisted a buddy to climb up there with me to find out. Looking at topos it appeared the east side drainage approach would be feasible. So we parked right across from the Butcher Jones turnoff and headed up. Tons of trash in the beginning, in the form of shell casings, shot-up bottles, old tires and such, but once you start climbing it gets really pretty and the views just keep getting better.

With no sign of a trail whatsoever, we bushwhacked and boulder hopped our way up to the valley on top. Not bad, but there are some steep sections with loose scree. We found the structure on the south side of the valley near the top, but using our best imagination we could not figure out what that thing may be. It's simply a big, metal structure built in sections. There are adjusters that look like they would change the tilt angle of the thing, but again - for what? Does anyone know?

Coming down I plowed my shin right into a big, hidden barrel cactus, ouch. Gonna be digging those spines out for a while I suspect. We chose to stay in the drainage all the way down, boulder hopping our way back to the truck.

Not a bad hike, I really wonder why there's no trails up to the valley though.
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