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Cabeza Prieta mtns/tanks, AZ
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Cabeza Prieta mtns/tanks, AZ 
Cabeza Prieta mtns/tanks, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Mar 02 2013
RedRoxx44
Backpack18.00 Miles
Backpack18.00 Miles
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I walked up the broad valley with the rocky white faced mountains on one side and mudstone mtns with alcoves on the other. I was in no shape to bag the peak so settled on another sortie into the mountains from a different access point. My pack was heavy with water but I did not carry a tent or sleeping pad, just a light weight bag ( 30 degree WM summerlite bag that weighs like a lb or less I think), a little food, etc.
More flower shots. Saw more ammo too--50 cal rounds, musta seen 50 of those. Also all told about 12 rockets stuck in the sand or the casings. And some sort of gadget that perhaps was a target that was towed or lofted by a balloon, the wreckage was very interesting.
As the valley was heading straight in I needed to turn off to go around Cabeza Prieta peak which was in front of me. I heard rocks roll and saw 4 bighorns, and I took several pics. I took a route into a big wash that would take me around the peak and foothills. Coming off a hill saw a flash of red. A Honda 3 wheeler was stuck in the brush, on it's side and missing a wheel. It had not been there long. Saw no tracks for it to get to this place. I couldn't budge it. Part of it was buried in a sand bank under a low tree. No plates.
I went on and then picked up some boot tracks in the wash. I left it to cut over, got cliffed out, got down, then picked up some old trail parts on the flats. These trails are great to follow, they are very efficient. I saw some pot shards along the way. The trails have the occasional ocotillo, cholla or greasewood growing in them but just go around and the trail never deviates. I would loose it at times in the washes but as soon as you try to find an easy level area to walk on there it would be. No trash and no tracks but mine.
As I approached the area of the tanks I was getting too hot and my get up and go went somewhere. I found a great little alcove with a sand floor and beautiful glassy quartz nearby and ditched my pack there. I rested awhile , then laid out my camp, then left taking my water and cameras.
I clambered up to the tanks, exhausting myself, noted the water, and came back down a slightly different way. More pot shards. I came back to camp and turned in early, feeling tired and worn out.
Great sunrise. I took a load of Vit C and headed out enjoying morning light. I altered my route to not redo the whole thing, and was rewarded with more flowers, and more trails to follow. I got back to the car in a timely manner, and all was in order. I got buzzed by a border patrol helicopter about 2 miles from my car. He came in close and I waved, he banked quickly away.
I drove out, deciding which way to go---
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