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Big Horn BM 3183Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 15 2012
sbkelley
Hiking7.00 Miles 1,900 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   5 Hrs      1.40 mph
1,900 ft AEG
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Few places rival the Maricopa Mountains in winter for scenery, lighting, and solitude. I finally got around to exploring the Southern Maricopas earlier in November, when Ken, Tanya, and I collected three unnamed summits during a day trip. Looking at Big Horn BM that day sparked an interest to return.

The morning was foggy with the previous day's rain, and we even encountered some small pools while hiking in the wash from the parking spot to Big Horn herself. Eric found a sharp, interesting ridge, and we left the wash, making a beeline for the summit. Some good scrambling and knife-edges kept our interest as we made our way above 3000' to one of the higher points in the Maricopas. Nobody had signed the log since Ken's 2010 ascent, and we must have stayed on top for an hour, sipping summit brews and looking at distant, snow-covered peaks to the east and north. Very clear day. Took Ken's described ridge on the way down, finding the cholla mine field right at the exit. Highly recommended mountain.
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