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McDowell and Drinkwater Peaks, AZ
mini location map2013-12-02
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McDowell and Drinkwater Peaks, AZ 
McDowell and Drinkwater Peaks, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 02 2013
trekkin_gecko
Hiking7.50 Miles 2,500 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles
2,500 ft AEG
 
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angela had a monday off, so we picked this day to hit a couple of peaks on her wish list
gateway loop to bell pass trail
at the saddle, went up to mcdowell, then across the ridge to drinkwater
spent a few minutes on mcdowell
took a lunch break on drinkwater
the peaks aren't all that, but the views of the surrounding area are excellent
some low clouds across the estrellas and superstitions, and plenty of haze over the valley
we weren't really looking forward to retracing our path, so we eyed the drop toward the west and decided it looked doable
went down the soutwest face of drinkwater and then down the main drainage you can see on the topo and on angela's gps track
cut over to gateway loop and finished on the trail
a little rough, steep and full of cactus, but little scree and plenty of rock to step on
i've dropped off the north side, and this was much better
found quite a few remnants of an airplane crash
have to give angela a lot of credit for her sense of adventure on this one
good weather for it and a fun day
thanks angela, and congrats on getting these two peaks!
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