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The SpineGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 15 2011
Hiking4.50 Miles 1,568 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   4 Hrs   22 Mns   1.57 mph
1,568 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
1st trip
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Although the road was pretty washed out in a few spots we were able to drive all the way to the north end of the base of The Spine, which cut the hiking distance significantly. Once on foot we followed the wash eastward until the incline up to the ridge was reasonable enough to climb when we turned right and headed up the hill. At the ridge we took a number of photos and set off across the back-bone of The Spine. A number of times when looking ahead of us Tracey would think, "no way, I'm not going there" yet when we got to those sections it was pretty much a piece of cake. Nowhere along the route we took did we encounter any place that gave pause enough to call it quits. Sure there were spots where if you looked down from an out-crop it seemed quite treacherous, but thankfully we didn't have to walk along there.
As mentioned in other triplogs the views were awesome all along the route. When we arrived at the last high point along the contiguous back-bone, rather than descending quite some distance down to a saddle, back up and out to the two "arms" as Eric did, with a longer hike on deck for the next day we decided to head back. Instead of returning via the same route we followed a moderate slope toward the NE down to a knoll where we took more photos, continuing down NNE along another ridge before heading eastward with the thought of checking out what appeared to be a cave that reminded us of various Native American ruins we'd visited in the past. But the closer we came the less it appeared to be a cave let alone ruins so when we came to an old 4x4 road we followed it all the way back to the wash next to where we had parked. We were glad to have taken a different route on the return for a different point of view back over our route.
After the hike we drove out a couple rough tracks that appeared at one time to have been roads to see if any would connect to where I had been from the other side a few days before. At one point the rocky road got so steep I got out and hiked some distance down to make sure if we couldn't get through that there was a place to turn around and come back up. While some distance down where it appeared the road stopped and there was a spot to turn around, before that point the washouts were so bad I didn't feel it was worth the extra 45-60 minutes of crawling down and back up it would take. I'll be out again soon to try driving farther from the west side and see just how close I can get to where we were from the east.
Overall, a great hike with plenty of jaw-dropping views.
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