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Brooklyn Ridgeline, AZ
mini location map2013-01-22
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Brooklyn Ridgeline, AZ 
Brooklyn Ridgeline, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 22 2013
Hansenaz
Hiking10.20 Miles
Hiking10.20 Miles   6 Hrs   50 Mns   1.49 mph
 
1st trip
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I've looked at this inviting ridge from several angles recently: from the west on the flats of Perry Mesa http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=307916, and from the east on top of Hutch Mesa http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=301856. I thought it would make a good hike because there is an "easy on-ramp" from the Rosalie (NW) side and after finishing at Brooklyn Peak a jeep road can bring you back.

From I-17 I took Bloody Basin Rd. 11 mi to the small kiosk, turned right and went 2.5 mi, then left. The road is not bad for a high clearance vehicle, and I went ~1.2 mi further before parking and heading off east toward the ridge. I had to wend my way through the low bushes and catsclaw and it was like that most of the day - not terrible but not fast moving either.

Gaining the first highpoint (5561) sets the tone for the day: some steep bushwacking and some barb wire fence dodging. The fence runs almost the entire ridgeline. But the views of the mesa are great and you get the impression not many people travel here. Plenty of deer (and cows) do though; I saw three white-tails.

After 5561 is a noticeable drop and a pretty steep climb to the highpoint of the day (5648). And after that another drop and short steep pull to the top of Brooklyn Peak (5371).

There were summit cairns but I didn't see any registers. In a couple spots I saw a few pot sherds, but no convincing habitation areas.

A steep drop off of Brooklyn Pk. hits a jeep road which goes back to the car. It makes a pleasant change after the slower ridge travel.

This is a nice line and would make a good hike if it had an established trail. Without that trail a little less so.
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