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Quartz Peak to Pima Wash, AZ
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Quartz Peak to Pima Wash, AZ 
Quartz Peak to Pima Wash, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 10 2013
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking26.19 Miles 5,700 AEG
Hiking26.19 Miles   9 Hrs   46 Mns   2.84 mph
5,700 ft AEG      33 Mns Break
 
1st trip
When up on top of Quartz Peak in the past I have looked over at South Mountain and often thought it would be cool to make the trek from the one range to the other. Well today was the day to make that happen.

I picked up JohnLP this morning at 6:30am and we headed out to the Quartz Peak Trail Head. We went via Maricopa as that is much faster than going around the to the north west. The two of us hiked up to Quartz Peak. It's a work out of a hike but I love it. From Quartz Peak I continued on with my journey and John went back down to the Jeep. He would then drive it back to Pima Wash where Denny would pick him up and take him home.

Down the mountain I went. It went better than expected and the track I had created in Route Manager was great. Once on the desert floor it was mostly smooth sailing with the exception of having to push thru some brush in a couple places. Along the way I saw a dead cow (smelled terrible) and then shortly later a couple dead wild horses.

Once I hit 51st Ave I headed north and stopped at the Chevron for a slush puppie and some goodies. Then it was down Pecos and then across the desert on an old road towards South Mountain. I veered off my track for a short bit to check out some old structures. Nothing to exciting but still cool to check out. Then I reached the Bursera Trail which I took to the National.

Of course when passing by Goat Hill I had to go to the top. It's one of those when in Rome things. From there it was just an enjoyable hike across the National to Pima Wash.

This was a long unusual hike but I really enjoyed it and would do it again in a heartbeat. I took tons of photos. I shared a handful. Enjoy.
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