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Zimmerman Point 6871 - Sierra AnchaGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar May 19 2013
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking1.50 Miles 610 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles
610 ft AEG
 
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We made this a short hike by taking the Grasshopper Jeep 3 miles up the old mining road that follows Pocket Creek up to the Asbestos Point mine from Highway 288. Driving up this road requires a 4WD vehicle with some serious ground clearance. I would not attempt it with my stock Toyota FJ Cruiser. Water running down the road has resulted in many rock shelf drop offs over 18 inches high and some rocky areas littered with rocks the size of bowling balls. After a bone jarring ride with a white knuckle grip on the dash mounted grab bar we reached the end of the road close to our destination.

The hike to the top of Zimmerman Pt was steep but never steep enough to require scrambling on all fours. Some zig zagging to get around brush was required which also resulted in crossing back and forth over a pesky fence but elk and probably cows have done a good job of knocking down the fence to a reasonable height at most cross over points. Grasshopper for some reason has an aversion to barbed wire :scared: so we picked our crossing locations carefully. Our route took us over the top of a knob down to a small saddle and then up the side of Z Point. On the way back we traversed around the west side of the knob which was a slightly easier route with less brush and fewer fence crossings. However we lost sight of visual landmarks in the tall forest and would have wasted time wandering around without the aid of a gps.

We easily found the 1946 bench mark in a clearing in the thick growth of junipers and manzanita on the flat top of Zimmerman Pt. The views at this location were very limited due to the surrounding brush but a short walk to the edges of the point revealed stunning panoramas of the Coon Creek drainage, the Salt River Wilderness to the south and Roosevelt Reservoir to the west and southwest. After a quick lunch at the bench mark location we circled the top of the point enjoying the views. I had wanted to explore along the ridge line to the north but dense thickets of manzanita made this too time consuming and unpleasant so we gave up on that plan.
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