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Casa Grande Mountain Ridgeline TrailSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 13 2012
AZLumberjack
Hiking3.70 Miles 866 AEG
Hiking3.70 Miles   3 Hrs      1.85 mph
866 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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I wanted to get out with Randy again so he chose a hike in the Casa Grande Mountain and a follow-up 4X4 trip through the Sawtooth Mountains.

The hike started at the parking lot at the base of Casa Grande Mountain where we followed a service road up to the antenna towers at one of the lower peaks. From there we followed a clear trail along the ridgeline to the flagpole.

There was a pretty good breeze blowing (see photos of the flag) that raised a lot of dust in the distance but Randy was able to point out several peaks and mountain ranges within the area. It was difficult to make out, but Four Peaks was visible across the Superstition Mountain Range while behind us we could plainly see the mountains within the Sawtooth area.

While the sun was warm, the wind added a chill to the air up on the ridgeline, so it felt kinda good when we got back to Randy's truck. We stowed our gear in the back and headed South to the Sawtooth Mountains.

It should be noted that the trails around the Sawtooth area require a high clearance vehicle and some of them should not be attempted without 4-wheel drive. We crossed one wash with a trickle of running water and several that were dry, then went on a hill climb that was the real highlight of the day.

You know it's a rough area when you begin seeing shredded tires cluttering up the desert, and we saw enough to fill a dumpster (hint-hint) :o We drove down several wrong trails before finally finding our way out of the maze and leading down a shaded tree lined dry wash.

We drove back into civilization and had a late lunch at a Mexican restaurant that had spicy hot food and cool beer (oh yeah). A tip of my ragged straw hat to Randy for a nice mountain hike and an exciting 4X4 trip through the Sawtooth Mountain wilderness :y:
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