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El Recortado 2857 & 3068Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 23 2011
joebartels
Hiking9.50 Miles 3,100 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   6 Hrs   20 Mns   1.70 mph
3,100 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
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I have wanted to tackle this one for some time. A couple years ago I mentioned it to Bob. Today we conquered. Unsure of the name it typically came around as El Recordthingamajiggy. That is until Bob settled on Ricola then spanned it out to the Cough Drop Hike.

We knocked off almost two miles of Cottonwood Creek hiking by driving to the Cane Spring Canyon confluence. As the morning air was brisk I was layered with two long sleeve shirts and a jacket. From the confluence we hiked about 0.8mi down Cottonwood to the CSC's southern brother that is unnamed. Here we took a ridge fairly direct up to 2857. It went pretty quick as I figured in 1h 25m | 2.35mi | 1500 gain. Along the way we experienced some killer views in the morning light. It was cold in the shade and the wind was kicking up. Of course lots of healthy cholla too. One section was a drift of needles. Me thinks the southern half of the Four Peaks Wilderness should be Cholla National Forest.

The views from 2857 are about as exciting as candy corn on Halloween. There's good stuff all around but 2857 ain't it. Onward to 3068. I figured we'd have to pay the Piper for the next two miles. It looked dauntingly far too past the roller coaster landscape. After 1.1 fairly easy miles (through cholla fields of course) we came to the gates of Hell and a descent. Luckily I was with Bob. Here I would have contemplated, whereas Bob just digs in. It was pretty thick cactus whacking for maybe fifty yards then it got better. All told it wasn't too bad at 0.3mi and a 390ft drop. Which was greeted by a direct ascent so that's more my style. In 0.18mi we gained 400ft. This was much easier than 520ft in 0.16mi last week.

It was pretty much a stroll over to 3068. Unfortunately the wind was gaining momentum. 3068 was a little better than 2857 but with the wind we decided to postpone lunch. Bob picked a bomb diggity lunch spot with phenomenal views. On the hike back we mixed it up and avoided the cactus whack and Cholla Ridge II. We tried dropping off one of the ridges and taking a steeper alluvial fan back up to 2857. The hike down to Cottonwood was view city.

My feet pretty much turned into pin cushions for the cholla. One seemed to hurt a little more than usual so I checked it out. A needle had shish kabobed one of my toes across the top just under the skin from side to side. The ol' yank it out attempts failed repeatedly. Rather I had to press the fragile skin while pulling it out slow and steady to get the inner barbs to tear out. While rather painful there wasn't much blood.

The weather was perfect at this point and views were incredible. Soon we were back down to the creek and this one was history. I'll pass on posting the video this round. It was just a half dozen clips of Bob screaming followed each time by me asking "does it hurt really bad".
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Cottonwood Creek Saguaro Lake
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