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Homestead Area, AZ
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Homestead Area, AZ 
Homestead Area, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 31 2011
juliachaos
Hiking3.00 Miles 2,150 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   3 Hrs   25 Mns   0.88 mph
2,150 ft AEG
 
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Still unable to climb, I opted to hike instead. Every time I come out to the Homestead, I look at the cliffs to the north and wonder if they'd be any good for climbing. With nothing else to do (it gets old going to the same area and not being able to climb), I decided to explore the area. I'd been told that someone had gone up there by use of the road, and had done it in just a morning, so I figured why not try to explore the off-trail route?

The worst part of the hike came early on. As it turns out, camp is right above a sheer drop into a wash. I know there are cows in the area, and wondered if I'd see any at the bottom. Thankfully, once I picked my way down, I was the only one. It just took a while because of all the loose rock. I thought maybe the terrain would be a little more forgiving after getting out of the wash. As I worked my way up and out, I realized that wasn't exactly correct. The terrain changed many times, but it was always at least a little bit on the uneven side.

I eventually worked up to the ridge (wish I'd taken a picture of the north side). The other side was completely different, almost covered in evergreens. Much in contrast to the saguaros and prickly pears I'd just waded through. I was running over my allotted time at this point, so instead of trying for the summit (or as it turns out, the false summit) I made my way back down on the other side of the wash. Slid around more than a few times, but luckily didn't go anywhere, and didn't catch too many cactus spines.

I went on this little expedition without a topo or anything, so I tried to rely on observations I'd made during different parts of the hike, to make decisions about where to hike. I'd remembered that the wash I was hiking above also met up with another wash -- one that seemed to have several sheer drop-offs. I made my way down the east side, finally dropping into it before it met up with the other wash. I'd been right; the drop off was around 15-20 feet, and was all dirt. Luckily, the spot where the washes met had somewhat formed into steps, so it turned out to be a very easy downclimb from one level to the other.

At that point I worked my way out of the wash, then navigated a fence that separated me from the road. Followed the road out through a gate and back to camp. A lot more tiring than expected, but it was fun being up on the ridge and checking out the rock walls in person.
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