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Tortolita Mountains, AZ
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Tortolita Mountains, AZ 
Tortolita Mountains, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 23 2012
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking2.40 Miles 902 AEG
Hiking2.40 Miles   3 Hrs   25 Mns   1.37 mph
902 ft AEG   1 Hour   40 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
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I hiked up a remote area of the Tortolita Mountains (Marana, Az), to find and document the TORTOLLITA Triangulation Benchmark. The surveyors installed it ("monumented" it) in 1935.
I found the benchmark and it's two Reference marks (Ref mark #1 & Ref mark #2), with no problem.
(NOTE - The mountain range is spelled with one "L", and the benchmark has two "L"s in its spelling).

Just starting up the mountain, I saw 3 or 4 wild horses (probably feral). They looked me over & then just moved away, as they ate an early morning breakfast. They didn't seem phased by my presence at all.

The actual mountain top the benchmark is on is in the far west edge of the Tortolita Mountains, with excellent views in all directions. There were no trails anywhere, so I bushwhacked up, took a bunch of photos, then took a different bushwhack down. (The hike track down was the better choice). The terrain and vegetation in the Tortolita Mountains is what you expect in this part of Arizona. While atop the mountain, I also found, & logged in, to a summit login jar. There were only a few entries since the early 1980s.

The dirt road I used to get near the mountain is off I-10, and is called " W Cochie Canyon Trail Rd " This road is on Arizona Trust Land, as is this particular part of the Tortolita Mountains. If you desire to hike in the area, make sure you get a permit. The permits are good for a year, and only cost a few dollars.
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