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Stewart MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 02 2013
Hiking3.10 Miles 1,279 AEG
Hiking3.10 Miles   6 Hrs   48 Mns   1.65 mph
1,279 ft AEG   4 Hrs   55 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
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Stewart Mountain is near Saguaro Lake and is comprised of 3 main peaks, with some smaller ones nearby. I hiked up 14 months ago to find Stewart Mountain Triangulation Station. On that hike, I had to “dig-it-up” as it was buried under dirt, sand, and gravel. The Surveyors monumented it in 1935, in a rock outcrop that is barley above the ground. Possibly that rock was more above ground 78 years ago.

Anyway, I was curious as to whether the disk was buried again after only 14 months. I also wanted to check out any blooming wildflowers on the mountain, as there were none two Februarys ago. This being April now, I knew I’d see something.
And finally, it’s just a nice, short off-trail hike, close to home, that is alot of fun.

Well, the Stewart Mountain disk was buried again, even deeper than 14 months ago.
Possibly the rains we've had migrated more dirt and sand over the disk, as it appears to be in a low spot relative to its surrounding area. Reference Marks # 1 and #2 won’t ever get buried, as they’re both sitting on boulders that are way above ground level. Since the azimuth disk is on a 5 foot high boulder, there’s no chance of that getting buried either.

This hike is all off trail, but it’s an easy enough hike. From Bush Highway just follow the boulder field up, between the two visible mountains, staying just to the left of the actual boulder-strewn drainage. You won’t see your destination mountain, until you climb up to the hidden valley. The valley is surrounded by the three mountains, the two mountains you initially “boulder-hop” between, and your destination peak. Once you wander through the little valley, you’ll start your climb again, this time to the highest peak, where the triangulation station is located.
If you have time, climb all three peaks. There are summit logs on all three, along with the southerly mountain having that microwave reflector, that looks like an outdoor theatre screen.

There was one negative on the hike. I was attacked by huge ants. Hundreds (thousands ?) of ants were marching from some food source, back and forth to their nest, right over the now dug up benchmark. They weren’t happy, and they wouldn't change their course.
HMMMM .... I wonder if they use a GPS ! :) :)
Some ants showed their disapproval of me messing up their marching route by stealthily climbing up my boots and taking a tour of my legs. I have the stinging bite marks to verify their “tour”. :( :(

The spring flora did not disappoint, however. Yellows and reds and purples were prevalent.

Saguaro Lake (Reservoir) was almost “boat-less” in the early morning, but got quite active later on. It’s always fun to see lakes from high above, with boats running around like little water-bugs. I wondered who was having more fun - the boaters or me. :)

After finding the buried (again) benchmark disk, I spent almost the whole afternoon atop the mountain, just leisurely wandering around enjoying the sights and nice weather.

Except for the ants ...... It was a good day. :)
Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost
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