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Eagle Eye MountainsSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2013
outdoor_lover
Hiking2.78 Miles 1,131 AEG
Hiking2.78 Miles   1 Hour   44 Mns   1.60 mph
1,131 ft AEG
 
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Time to go up and see the big Arch! :D :y: I picked Preston up and away we went. Parked at the Cemetery and walked east up the dirt road that turns to the south and climbs up into the Valley. Once we topped out in the Valley, we encountered a nice flat area, east of the road, with a nice Fire Ring. :) The Arch was pretty much straight east of us here, and it looked like as good of a spot as any to head up. We Hiked up the gradual slope that was pretty much nothing but black and red lava rock. I kept a "straight on" course that was pretty open as far as vegetation goes, and soon it became apparent that this was a good route, as the open area I was following turned into a well defined Trail. :DANCE: This is no Game Trail folks, someone built this and it was pretty easy to follow, other than the fact that it was steep and loose in many spots. And it takes you right through another nice little Arch! :y:

Before we knew it, we were near the top. :D Just below, and to the right of the Arch, is the only spot where you have to do a serious little Scramble, to get up to the Arch itself. The Trail continues south just a little further and then ends. The Scramble part, up to the Arch, is a large Vase-shaped hole in the rock that you climb through and up. The Arch was very 8) and :pk: huge!!! The only drawback is there is alot of Graffiti up there... ](*,) Apparently, the way we came up, through that small scramble, is the only way up and down from this Arch, unless you are a climber. The other side of the Arch is straight down... :o There was a small Chute on the north side of the Arch and I took it, hoping that there was a way here to get up on top of the Arch, but once I topped out above the Chute and looked, there was just a tad too much exposure for me to want to continue... :stop:

We enjoyed the Arch for a bit, and then headed back down to the Trail. I followed the Trail further south up there, looking for access to get up to the Ridgeline, and found one possible spot, that's all...The rest was straight up climbing. One area looked doable, but it will involve good tread and not minding a little exposure, as it is smooth, domed, sandstone rock with little to no footholds or handholds. : rambo : Otherwise, the best route up to the Ridge is going to be back down the Trail through the smaller Arch. Another Trail that turns into a Game Trail, takes off to the South, about 50 feet below the small Arch, and traverses the slope through a couple of drainages. Then you'll have to do a Scramble back up to the Ridgeline. I will be returning to find a good Route up.

We gradually got back down to the Valley, following the Game Trail, where we laughed at a ninja Saguaro and took a small lunch break. After the break, we headed up to the Saddle between Eagle Eye Mountain and what Preston is calling Cemetery Hill to the north. Definitely a decent route from the Saddle up Cemetery Hill. Just go north towards a drainage and following the drainage up to the top. No Scrambling involved... :) There are some awesome Campsites up there. There are natural "Decks" up there with flat, grassy areas capable of allowing several tents... :) We found a decent route down the north side of Cemetery Hill, and got down in pretty short order and back to the Escape.

It was a good Hike! I love putting my Route finding skills to the test on stuff like this. Just need to go back now and hit the actual Peak and the large Cave on that Ridgeline. :D
Thanks for joining me Preston on another cool Eagle Eye Hike! : app :
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