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Apache & French Joe Peaks, AZ
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Apache & French Joe Peaks, AZ 
Apache & French Joe Peaks, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 02 2014
GrottoGirl
Hiking6.06 Miles 3,124 AEG
Hiking6.06 Miles   7 Hrs   12 Mns   1.28 mph
3,124 ft AEG   2 Hrs   27 Mns Break
 
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The road was half the adventure of this hike. The roads were extremely muddy but with a LandCruiser and Toyota Tacoma we managed to drive the entire road to the drop off. That was an experience to say the least.

We had a crew of 7 which is good for a off trail exploration. Any more and you start to lose people...

We started in a creek bed. The walls of the canyon where pretty and impenetrable. We found two ways out to get up on our intended ridge. The ridge route was full of pokey things and lots of limestone. I think I only crawled once or twice. Navigation was easy.

Apache was pretty but I really liked French Joe. French Joe has a nice view down into French Joe Canyon. We saw mostly SAHC names on both registers. It's always fun looking through them seeing who we know. The Apache register dates back to 1970!

On the way down we contoured around Apache peak to add to the adventure. This required a bit of scrambling.

On the way out, we made a turn and Joel exclaimed, 'That's a road?' A hill we went down seemed even more monstrous on the way out! In one spot, Mike had his truck 3 wheeling! If you attempt this be prepared to beat the crap out of your vehicle and keep your windows up as I saw cholla, catclaw, and other brush and trees scrape the window I was looking out!
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