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Drinkwater Peak - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 04 2014
johnlp
Hiking11.70 Miles 2,500 AEG
Hiking11.70 Miles
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Denny hadn't been to Drinkwater Peak before so I volunteered to play tour guide. We made good time hiking up to Bell Pass and McDowell Mnt, seeing a group of seven deer along the way. When I reached the saddle just before the McDowell summit I looked up to see a huge Mule deer buck staring at me from maybe 30 or 40 ft away. :o By the time I got my camera out he had retreated a ways. He was with three does bringing then total to eleven deer seen. :)

The ridgline over to Drinkwater from McDowell isn't difficult but is slow going as are most ridgelines. We decided to bushwhack to the NE instead of returning the way we came. We went down through a couple washes eventually coming out on the Windgate trail.

On the way back we took the Desert Park trail through many huge homes, then took the Horseshoe trail to the Suguaro Loop trail and back to the Gateway TH on the Saguaro trail. Fun Day. Thanks for driving and the great company Denny! :)
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