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Mound Mountain PeakGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 14 2002
rwstorm
Hiking19.00 Miles 3,800 AEG
Hiking19.00 Miles
3,800 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Did this one with friends Pam and Paul. A bunch of peaks were added to the SAHC list in the Superstitions and Anchas in 2001, and Mound Mountain, the high point of the Superstitions was among them. The first official club hike was to occur in a few days, led by chief guide Bob Cardell, so I go this crazy idea to go up there first and leave a bottle of Arrogant Pumpkin Ale for him to find. So, we set out from Tucson very early and hightailed it up to Rogers Trough. To give you an idea of how early we left Tucson, it was just getting light as we neared the parking lot up there. I drove like a maniac after leaving the pavement on Queen Valley Road, making it to the trailhead in about 40 minutes, mostly in the dark. Later that day on the way out, my passengers couldn't believe I drove up that road that fast! To this day sometimes Paul will say to someone wanting to ride with me, "You better ask him how many cups of coffee he's had, if it's more than three I'd be wary." I love it! :o

We made really good time on the hike, and were pleased to see a real trail to Circlestone from the Fireline. After lunch at Circlestone it was off to nearby Mound. We initially tried to stay on the ridgeline, but thick manzanita forced us to drop down a bit on the north side for easier going before we made a break uphill to the peak. Once we made it to the top, I looked in my pack for the beer and found out I had left it back in the car. Dang it! At least we got to enjoy very nice views before it was time to head back. We could clearly see the Reavis Ranch area below and what looked like a mellow drop off from the peak heading more or less toward the Fireline/Reavis junction. So we decided to bushwhack that way instead of heading back via the trails. We initially stayed on the ridge, but dropped down into one of the drainages until we came out very near the junction by Reavis. Worked out pretty well. :) We got back to Rogers Trough with daylight to spare and drank the beer I was supposed to leave on the peak, then headed home. It was a pretty wild day and remains a great memory! Oh, by the way, I was able to get Bob "his beer" shortly thereafter in the Ventana Canyon parking lot after a hike to Window Peak. Only I made it a Double Arrogant Pumpkin this time. Yeehaw!! :GB:
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