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2012-10-05  
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Gold Hill - Navajo NationNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 05 2012
chumley
Hiking1.10 Miles 564 AEG
Hiking1.10 Miles      45 Mns   1.47 mph
564 ft AEG
 
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Got to the NPS boundary by late afternoon and set up camp, planning to meet up with a group of HAZers on their way to Cape Solitude Saturday morning. With a couple of hours of daylight left, I didn't have time to drop into the LCR at Blue Springs as I had hoped to do, so I decided to bag this small, but prominent peak. It was a relatively easy climb, with some loose footing and sharp shale. Otherwise very uneventful. The sunny day had turned gray, which was a little bit of a bummer. There were a few cairns at the high point, but I didn't find any kind of a peak register. There were signs that people climbed via the route I had taken, but I can't imagine this peak gets more than a handful of visitors each year.

I decided to descend so I could get back to camp before dark. These roads are not in the kind of shape you would want to be driving in the dark. Sure enough, when I got to the bottom, a sliver of sun shone though and illuminated the walls of the LCR in brilliant sunset light. If only that had happened when I was still on top of the mountain! Oh well!
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