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Mount HuethawaliNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 27 2013
chumley
Hiking4.85 Miles 2,523 AEG
Hiking4.85 Miles   6 Hrs   8 Mns   0.79 mph
2,523 ft AEG
 
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Drove out to Pasture Wash Friday night and car camped on the NF between the rez and the NP. No permit needed!

After parting ways with Hippy, the three of us headed to the Bass TH and descended toward Huethawali. We stayed on the Bass Trail longer than we should have and ended up ascending the mountain from the East, which was an obvious dead-end. Eventually we traversed toward the south before finding a nice break to make our ascent. The scrambling was fun, but definitely more difficult than I had anticipated. Larry had read about the hike in a book and told us it should be easier. Despite assuming we were on the wrong route, we continued up until we couldn't go any farther without risk of serious injury and a side of stupid.

Feeling defeated, we headed back down and decided that we would try to circle the mountain instead and look for ruins. Shortly after heading west a ways we encountered a series of cairns and realized that the route up was along the southwest side of the mountain. Here the going was much easier, just some steep scree and hardly any need for hands at all. After a few minutes we had gained the summit.

Some snacks, a new summit register, and great views. We headed back down, staying with the cairned route until it petered out and then just cross-country hiking back toward the Bass trail and it's junction with the Esplanade Route.

Bob took off ahead of us, but I was in rare form and somehow felt great motoring up, reaching the top just a minute or two behind him.

Stats:
Start 7:55
Esplanade Junction 8:30, 1.3mi
Bass Exit 8:55, 2.0mi
Dead End spot 9:40, 2.5mi
Give up and try again 10:10
Summit 10:40, 3.3miles
Begin Descent 11:10
Esplanade Junction 11:55, 4.1mi
Trailhead 12:45, 6.08miles
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