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2014-01-26  
2429-2342 Ridgeline Loop, AZ
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2429-2342 Ridgeline Loop, AZ 
2429-2342 Ridgeline Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 26 2014
chumley
Hiking6.45 Miles 1,874 AEG
Hiking6.45 Miles   3 Hrs   29 Mns   2.25 mph
1,874 ft AEG      37 Mns Break
 
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A lot of work lately, so I'm stuck doing short day trips near town. Plus, I still hate people. So I decided to go for an off-trail excursion in the Phx Mtns. It was a last minute thing, and I tried to recruit a couple of people but failed. No parking at my planned CMCT100 TH on Tatum (what!? You'd be surprised how often one of the 5 spots is open :roll: ) so I drove around to 40th St even though it would add a boring mile to my loop.

Turned out ok though since BobP was doing laps around the preserve today and I caught him at his car, marinating some very tender veal. I skipped the BBQ and dragged him along anyway. We took LV Yates to CMCT100 toward Tatum and headed up the ridgeline just before it gets to the neighborhood. Fun scramble. Steep. Climbs 800-feet in under half a mile. Off-trail.

On top it is a fun, typical ridgeline. Ups and downs. There's some actual trail to get to 2429, and from there it's 0.6 miles of off-trail ridgeline scrambling to get to 2342, where there's some kind of old communication facility remains, including an insulated electrical box/refrigerator thing, plenty of cables, and the remains of an old metal shed. Interesting stuff.

We returned to 2429 before heading down the east slope on well-used but unofficial trail into the neighborhood by Tatum. There are several spurs at the bottom that drop you into different streets. All are marked with no parking signs, but only sunset to sunrise. Daytime parking is OK.

We took Tatum a couple hundred yards north to CMCT100 and headed back to the 40th St TH. Nice day. Got a little sunburned. I did ok, managing to encounter only about 10 people.
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