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Geronimo - Malapais - Peters Canyon Loop, AZ
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Geronimo - Malapais - Peters Canyon Loop, AZ 
Geronimo - Malapais - Peters Canyon Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2014
The_Eagle
Hiking12.84 Miles 4,200 AEG
Hiking12.84 Miles   12 Hrs   45 Mns   1.11 mph
4,200 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
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Bubby took me up to Geronimo Head my first time three years ago and the views were incredible through one eye.

Joe and I had more than just Geronimo Head planned for the day. The climb to Geronimo Head was just as thick and steep as I remembered. 1.8 miles in (2 hours+ later) we made it to the top and worked our way south. 2.5 miles in and we're past 3363 and out on the sweet spine on the SW end of Geronimo Head. In my mind, this spot gives you the best perspective of the Battleship in all of the Superstitions!

Up to Geronimo Head :next: http://youtu.be/VLS2v_ixOxE


Off to make our way to Malapais. We hit 3509 on the way, passed by a campsite in the open, complete with a recent sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and 10 or so 12oz bottles of water. Looking at Malipais from this point it was pretty obvious the area we were going to climb through.

Once again, a thick and steep climb to the top. Joe made a good call to change the route from what we had planned. It cut off some mileage and time that we'd need later. Instead of going up the North side of the Draw and then swinging to the South, we climbed up the South side of the Draw and hit a hard South to gain 4159. At this point we were looking for some shade to take some lunch. There is little to no shade available up there. We continued to the high point of 4229, 3.7 miles from Geronimo Head and then started down to the East looking for shade.

At this point we were both tired of the bushwhacking and boulder hopping. We were looking forward to the straight forward Peter's Canyon Creek bed hike back to the truck
But to get to Peter's Canyon to the East was another steep, loose bushwhack, only about 1.2 miles and all downhill, but it still took us almost 2 hours to cover the distance.

Finally the creek bed... then the realization that we had more than 4.5 miles in the creek bed and what looks like a smooth super highway from 1600' above, is basically just another form of boulder hopping. We're also realizing that we'd be finishing in the dark... 2 miles plus in the dark. From what I saw before it got dark, Peter's Canyon was a pretty and special place. But I just wanted out.

The Sign at Tortilla Flats where we parked said no overnight parking and hours in the lot were something like 6am to 7pm.... bla, bla, bla.... towed ... I was glad my vehicle was still there.

This had to be my slowest going hike of all time.

On a Side Note:
I'm happy to note the the Suburu was fine, the Garmin 62 worked flawlessly and the Panasonic took some pretty good shots.
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Peters Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Numerous small to large pools to filter from
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