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2013-03-01  
Bean Pass/What Fo Cyn Loop--Sierra Pinta, AZ
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Bean Pass/What Fo Cyn Loop--Sierra Pinta, AZ 
Bean Pass/What Fo Cyn Loop--Sierra Pinta, AZ
 
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Drove in from Tacna on the Christmas Pass road. Near the Cabeza Prieta boundary, which now requires you to sign in at a kiosk ( wonder how long that will last), the road is near the Point of the Pintas, the head or tail of the Sierra Pinta range. Cruising topo I was amused to see the name "What Fo Canyon". It didn't look impressive on the map. I decided I must see it.
I parked and hiked across the flats, enjoying some nice early blooms of brittlebush along the wash, the plants loaded with buds. Bean Pass is broad with some nice rock faces in it. Some illegal tracks through it also. When a ravine came down I went up that to a saddle, offering some nice views and a doable decent into What Fo canyon. Unremarkable but nice in the quiet and warm sunshine. I could see two guys trudging up this with a burro and one saying to the other--"WTH George, why'd you bring me up here?? What Fo??"
I was recovering from a two week sick thing with this flu/cold/sinus deal and was dragging a bit as I cut across to the vehicle which I saw from a mile out. I brought the wrong maps for this area but since I had looked at it and I have a photographic memory if I study something important or of interest I didn't need the map. The land here is open and easy to navigate anyway.
I drove on through Christmas Pass area, no 4wd needed, and ended up parking in a small wash that came down from the Cabeza Prieta mtns for my next trip. I did not see anyone till the evening, the border patrol simply wanting to know how long my vehicle would be there. I had a great night sleep in the car, ready for the next day---
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