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Blackjack Mtns Ridgeline LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 16 2013
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Hiking7.30 Miles 1,963 AEG
Hiking7.30 Miles
1,963 ft AEG
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Met up with Grasshopper and Outdoor Lover at the Casino Arizona parking lot in Scottsdale at 6:45 am and headed for the starting point of our hike near the base of the Black Jack Mountains east of Globe. Made good time even though I was driving and got to the start point at the base of Black Mountain by shortly after 9:00 am.

We hiked up an old 4WD ranching road past an old corral for about 1.3 miles before turning left off the old road to start the climb up the east side of the highest mountain in the chain of 4 peaks along the crest of the Black Jack Mountains. Pam quickly learned that you don't want to follow the guy wearing cactus proof knee high gators through the prickly pear if you're wearing shorts so she took the lead. Of course her taking the lead might also have had something to do with her impatience with two old codgers who kept stopping to check their gps' when the destination was clearly straight up the hill.

The views from the top of the peak were fantastic as anticipated and seeing the routes of our past adventures in this area from this high vantage point was an added bonus. There was a large cairn with an old Gatorade jar containing a peak register. The oldest recorded names included Bob Martin 4/12/88 a renown peak-bagger and author of several books on the subject. Also Dave Shope who signed with Bob on 4/12/88. I quickly scanned other names looking for people signing as members of HAZ but didn't see any completely missing Mazatzal who has since informed us he signed the register in 1994. That re-enforces my belief that there is no where you can go in the AZ outdoors that a HAZ member has not been before.

We continued our hike along the spine of the Black Jack Mountains visiting the other 3 peaks in this chain before descending to the old 4WD road about a half mile from where it ends at upper Hess Canyon. The route down the hill side before reaching the road was complicated by seemingly endless patches of prickly pear. The hike back along the old road was uneventful until Grasshopper and I stopped to look back down the road for Pam who had taken a break. When we turned to continue Grasshopper suddenly shrieked in fear and hopped 5 feet backwards. He had almost stepped on a large gopher snake which had been laying next to our feet the entire time we were standing there. Lucky it wasn't a rattle snake.

Back at the car shortly after 4:00 pm we headed for home stopping in Globe to fill up on Mexican food.
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