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Montezuma Sleeping, AZ
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Montezuma Sleeping, AZ 
Montezuma Sleeping, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2013
Hiking12.14 Miles 5,575 AEG
Hiking12.14 Miles   10 Hrs   7 Mns   1.41 mph
5,575 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
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Everytime I look at the Sierra Estrellas the most interesting feature to me is Montezuma Sleeping. The rounded "forehead" and "nose" are unique. I have been wanting to get up there for a couple years.

A couple months ago I built a route in route manager from Quartz Peak along the ridgeline to Montezuma Sleeping. Thursday I took the day off work to coincide when JJ3 is available for adventure. We met at a diner, had breakfast, and were off to the Quartz Peak TH from the south.

It was already getting warm by the time we got started up to Quartz Peak, but there was a nice breeze up high so it never felt uncomfortable. The original plan was to do an in and out to Montezuma Sleeping, so I cached some water near Quartz Peak. Never to return...

The ridgeline from Quartz to Montezuma Sleeping is a constant up and down with lots of scambling. Kinda fun but slow going and tiring. We spotted a plane wreck on the way over and stopped to explore for quite a while. Lots of parts laying around including both wings. JJ got some pics. The final push up to Montezuma Sleeping wasn't too bad. Steep but no real exposure.

We checked out the summit register on the peak which is two halves of an old aluminum canteen, had a snack, and pondered our future. Hays/Estrella Peak looked a long way off, but smoother than the route from Quartz. After discussing time and water we decided to head towards Hays Pk to see if we could possibly get there or bail out if not. No going back at this point.

After another hour we reached Peak 3842. There are some radio towers and a solar panel on it. At this point Hays was still a ways off but not too far. I was starting to run low on water and it was getting to be late in the day so we decided to bail out at a saddle below and past 3842.

The way down is steep and loose. John rolled a boulder onto his foot. Echos off the canyon walls of his anguish were audible in Maricopa. Fortunately John could still hike. About 15 minutes later he did the same thing to the same foot. F-bombs abounded. Ouch!!

We took a direct route towards John's Jeep that went over three ridges, through many washes, and countless teddy bear cholla. We saw some cool stuff on the way. Glyphs, a huge pottery shard, some mines and prospects, and many wildflowers.

It was nice to get back to the Jeep and head towards slurpeeville while watching an awesome sunset. Great adventure! Thanks for the company and driving John. You rock, literally. :)
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