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West Peak Romp, AZ
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this past weekend i decided to head out to one of the remaining coronado national forest fire structures that i had not yet visited: west peak. west peak is in the pinalenos, but you can't get there from the super highway that is the swift trail - so it is therefore much less visited (and therefore more attractive imho). my friend's garmin pointed the way for us to go off of klondyke road, then a series of other dirt roads (c852, cr351, cr286, and hurricane pass road). we did veer off course once quite early on, which we would not have known had he not had it in the gps. some of the roads are not marked at all, and some are just not marked well.

my friend jeff is a geocacher, so we made a detour on the way there to get one that was near a gravesite at an old ccc camp. that area was signed with "no camping" but there were some actual campground grills in there! lots of fire rings, too. not high enough yet, so we continued on up the mountain.

it's only 10 miles from the spot where we made our last turn (where tripp canyon road becomes cr852) to get to the saddle, where the gated road leads up to the fire tower cabin, and then a short trail leads up to the tower. i had seen pictures of the cabin and the fire structure in one shot - but that must've been quite a while ago since the trees almost completely obstruct the view of the fire tower in most directions.

after visiting the tower, we headed back down to find a campsite. we did see one three miles down that would make a great large group site, so if we didn't find anything else, that would've been our destination for the night. however, just about a half-mile down (at at about 8000 feet) i saw a great spot that i thought might work for our purposes. it had a fire ring, and plenty of flat ground for tents and the ez-up.

all of the downed wood was sopping wet. we did manage to get a fire started, but it really didn't like burning that wood too much. we had a couple of hours of campfire time before heading to our tents. we saw just a little lightening earlier, but we were wondering if we would get any precipitation over the night, and lo and behold, as soon as we got into our tents, it did start to sprinkle - but not for very hard or very long.

in the morning we headed back up to the saddle to investigate a couple of caches that jeff knew about. i was really interested in one - there was supposed to be a downed plane not to far away. there were lots of flowers in there! jeff didn't have the route planned out and was wondering about the hike back up, though, so we decided to head back down the mountain, checking out the group camping space and another cache on the way down. oh, and we didn't see any raspberries. :(

we decided to try taking the tripp canyon road all the way back into town, since it was really well graded and super-wide. besides, it's good to make a loop out of it, no? strange - the closer we got to town, the less well-maintained that road became! not that bad, though - i think most passenger cars could navigate it.

great weekend, and another great tower. :y: i missed my opportunity to visit atascosa while it was still standing (even though i may have another opportunity after it is rebuilt), so now there is just one more fire lookout structure to visit in the coronado national forest: red mountain.
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