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Pass Mountain RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 05 2013
CannondaleKid
Hiking5.60 Miles 1,670 AEG
Hiking5.60 Miles   3 Hrs   51 Mns   1.52 mph
1,670 ft AEG      10 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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With numerous errands to do today we wanted a hike close to home, scenic, not too long yet a good workout. Since it's almost a year since our one-and-only Pass Mountain Ridgeline hike we figured it was about time for a re-run. Last time we did it clockwise with the real steep loose-gravel slopes first and the rough craggy slopes near the end so this trip we decided to go counter-clockwise. And now afterward, I would say I favor this direction as it is much easier to descend the loose slopes than it was to climb them.

We met/passed the usual fitness fanatics, dog walkers, etc. on the Wind Cave Trail then continued right on past Wind Cave. Looks like there's been vandals on the loose lately. First the angled wood fence at the Usery/Tonto Forest boundary was broken so horses can pass through, which was the reason for the tight angle in the first place.

Then up at Wind Cave the combination Wind Cave & Don't feed the squirrels sign as well as the one warning of the dangerous trail up to the top are missing. :x

We saw a number of folks hiking around Pass Mountain but for us, after Wind Cave we were on our own until we dropped back down to the Pass Mountain Loop trail after traversing the ridge from south to north.

Tracey didn't have her camera but I must have been in a picture-taking mood, ending the day with 70 photos. Having the camera out of the protective Otter Box so much was pushing my luck though... I didn't break the camera, but came awful close to breaking one of more of an ankle, leg, arm, skull, you name it.

I had just taken a photo but hadn't gotten the camera back in the Otter Box when the rock I was standing on rolled and I was off and stumbling down the slope. In a moment my priorities were:
1. Not to fall in the wrong way
2. Prevent my camera from being trashed (Tracey opined "Your bones are more important than the camera")
3. Keep hopping from rock-to-rock until I find both the rock and myself stable enough to stop the fall
4. :pray: I didn't break anything

Somehow, I managed all four... hopping in all the right places for some 25-30 feet before neither any rocks nor I were moving. Whew! Not even a twisted ankle... :o which Tracey was quite thankful for as well, because she wasn't about to haul me down the mountain.
NO :stretch: today!

I was a bit shaky for a few minutes but all it took was a few minutes of climbing the next slope and all was forgotten, well almost... from then on I made sure to have the camera put away whenever I was moving.

We took a little extra time to make a side trip to the east to visit a large cairn. It is where some folks think is the summit, when the true summit is a few hundred yards west.

The descent was much easier than I thought it would be, but I was paying very close attention to where I placed every step. So much so I wasn't watching where I placed my hands... and sure enough, I grabbed what I though was a nice hand-hold only to find it was a large pin-cushion cactus. :tt:
I didn't just get a little prick, I got a through-and-through wound, with the thorn going in the palm-side of the finger, alongside the bone and sticking out the other side. When Tracey said 'You're bleeding' I'm thinking :roll:

Anyway, not wanting to carry the thorn home with me I wasted no time grabbing it as tight as I could and yanking it through without making a sound... the exact opposite of when I grabbed it in the first place.

But any hike that I return home with plenty of photos, intact camera and no broken bones is a winner in my book, so what if I left some blood on the trail.
I posted 40 photos on HAZ, the full set of 70 are here:
http://changephoenix.com/jpserver/web/public/album.php?id=632
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