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Castle Dome Peak - KOFASouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 10 2013
Kaps
Hiking6.00 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   6 Hrs   15 Mns   0.96 mph
2,100 ft AEG6 LBS Pack
 no routes
1st trip
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This turned out to be an eventful trip, not for the hike, but rather the drive... We started towards the trail head in a rather small car. Remember those stories about rocks going through oil pans? Well, at least some of them are true! Moral of the story: don't let the car high center on a desert road. Our buddies were golfing, so we figured we might as well make the hike before calling for help. Sure glad we did; it was a wonderful day.

Seems to me that the hike is kind of like three mini hikes strung together. The first stretch is along the wash. Mostly a flat, pleasant walk. Then comes the climb. Not in the mountaineering sense, but rather as a change in elevation. This get's you out of the wash, through the slot, and up to the base of the finger. Then it's a scramble to the top.

We ended up off the beaten track from the point we came out of the wash to the slot at the base of the peak. I have a habit of imagining that I am further along, and sure enough turned upward just a little too soon. It was a lot of fun bushwhacking, and trying to find the best route.

When we got to the base of the finger we almost turned back. I completely missed the easier route up and there was a fella along that wasn't so crazy about that first few feet of climb. In the end he was gracious enough to wait while we went to the peak. So glad we got the opportunity.

The scrambles were a blast. A little pucker factor to start with, but not bad after that. Do have to be a little careful, though. On the way down a climber above knocked loos a rock that would have done some harm had I not moved aside as it bounced down the mountain.

Balance of the trip down was uneventful. When we got to cell coverage we made the call for help. Tube of JB Weld, a quarter sized coin from Thailand, and a gallon of fresh oil later the hole was fixed and we were on our way.... Another wonderful hike complete.
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