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Armer Mountain Loop with Tanner Peak, AZ
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Armer Mountain Loop with Tanner Peak, AZ 
Armer Mountain Loop with Tanner Peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 13 2013
joebartels
Hiking11.40 Miles 3,468 AEG
Hiking11.40 Miles   9 Hrs   25 Mns   1.65 mph
3,468 ft AEG   2 Hrs   30 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Today we were lucky to follow in the footsteps of our hero, Preston Sands. Check out his excellent description for a good 4-5 hour hike.

I extended the hike into a loop tagging on Tanner Peak. The initial hike up is a bit gnarly. If it rubs you the wrong way then forget the loop. Once on top be sure to check out the western views on occasion!

Tanner looked like a blip on the pre-hike elevation profile. It was a bit more intimidating in person. Just take it in stride with a few rest breaks and it's reasonable. The top is okay. Just to the north on the rock outcrop was a surprising treat. This served as one of the best lunch spots I recall.

Continuing on to 7,231 & 7,142 the views kept rolling. Happy days came to an abrupt end heading down to finish off the loop. We knew it would be steep. The first layer of manzanita didn't totally defeat us... expected. The 65 degree slope continuing on plastered with a thistle convention and underlying fox tails took it's toll.

Bruce wasn't interested in the final leg of the loop. He gashed his hand, time wasn't on our side and we'd already had one heck of a hike so I didn't pester him... too much. Rather we road walked off the final third of the hike to wrap it up.

Nothing came easy, I found it to be very worthy.

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