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Mound Mountain PeakGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 20 2014
slowandsteady
Hiking22.19 Miles 5,919 AEG
Hiking22.19 Miles   12 Hrs   46 Mns   2.10 mph
5,919 ft AEG   2 Hrs   11 Mns Break
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1st trip
It was brisk starting out, but with an immediate 700 foot elevation climb on West Pinto, we warmed up quickly. The trail was in great shape, a few grabby cat claws but other than that, no complaints and we cruised along. The views were amazing and you had the ability to look around without watching your feet.

We had multiple discussions about attempting a .7 mile bushwhack up to the Campaign Trail instead of staying on trail for 3.5 extra miles. I figured I can do anything for .7 miles and I know Karl really wanted to try so we blazed our own trail. And, worst case scenario, it could take the same amount of time to do either, so there wouldn't be multiple discussions about how much time had been lost. (If we had stayed on trail, we probably would have broken 6000 feet)

The intersection of Campaign and Fireline was inviting. There was a fire ring and logs set up. With giant pine trees, it would have been a perfect break spot. Instead we kept going up up up until we got to the turn off for Circlestone and Mound. So then we could go up up up again. My heart sank a little when we got to Circlestone, and could see the summit of Mound. It looked pretty far. It wouldn't have taken much too get me to turn around thinking "close enough." But, Karl is no quiter, and I'm glad we kept going. It really wasn't much further and was worth a little more effort. Karl was pointing out landmarks and we could actually see the Fountain Hills Fountain!

Neither of us had been to Reavis, and both of us were impressed. We were fighting daylight by this time so we didn't dawdle too much. We topped off our water and snapped some pictures. The trail through here was even beyond McDowell quality! We probably could have pulled out the headlamps sooner, but we stubbornly wanted to get to Reavis Saddle first. I bet we missed some pretty good scenery the last 3 miles we were in the dark, but we enjoyed the stars and moved as quick as the tired legs would allow, since the temperature was dropping and we could see our breaths.
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