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Josephine Peak, AZ
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Josephine Peak, AZ 
Josephine Peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 22 2012
cindyl
Hiking10.69 Miles 3,297 AEG
Hiking10.69 Miles
3,297 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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two weeks ago, i just looked at josephine peak in envy. i wanted to mount her, but i wasn't sure it was the right time. i didn't have anyone with me or anyone who knew that that was my destination, and she looked like a hell of a hike, so i decided to do something that i thought would be easier - old baldy saddle.

for josephine peak i asked around, and i ended up wrangling three buddies to go up with me. wendy, who i knew would put up with my slow pace up, bobby (southpawaz), who i was bound to hike with eventually, and sirena, who asked to tag along with wendy. let me tell you now - this is not a hike that anyone should do alone, especially for the first time. the route finding was not easy. once you take off the super trail for josephine peak there isn't much of a route, let alone a trail. i was wearing pants and i still got scratched to hell with the catclaw i went through. the most wonderful part was a section through new growth pine, which was freaking awesome to walk through.

the section going up to the peak was steep and not well defined at all - a bit of a side slope scramble, which made it treacherous but not scary at all going up, and dangerous :scared: going down.

the peak was kinda anticlimactic after all that. there was a summit register in a glass container that we all signed - and no one had been up there since the beginning of july.

this is a worthy peak, most definitely. but i doubt i'll ever be back. it was too tough getting up with all of the scree and vegetation. the views were worth the climb, but i don't need to see it again.

the way back after josephine saddle, we took my new favorite route down, which included the super trail down to the spur route to roger's rock and the pipeline trail down to the super trail.
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There are just two switchbacks left. And another half-mile to the destination...
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