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Mount BallardTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 16 2013
PrestonSands
Hiking4.20 Miles 1,934 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles   2 Hrs      2.52 mph
1,934 ft AEG      20 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
 
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After a night of camping on the edge of Juniper Flats Mountain, I awoke to a wonderful view of my day's goal, and drove down to Mule Pass to begin my second Mount Ballard hike of the weekend. Fissure Peak was my goal today, as I had run out of time to summit Fissure the night before, and had turned around at sunset on Ballard, not wanting to violate my self imposed long time rule of "no off trail hiking after dark". The hike up was chilly and a few tiny spots of snow and ice lingered on the trail. After my obligatory visit to Mount Ballard itself, I began searching for a route over to Fissure Peak. I soon located a narrow opening in the trees and brush that led me west to the rocky connector ridge, which I then descended to the saddle separating the two peaks. The route from the saddle to the summit of Fissure is pretty clear, just following the ridge a short distance to the top. The view from Fissure was incredible, with much of southeastern Arizona and northern Sonora visible. Fissure had been on my "to-do" list for four years, and it was nice to finally climb it. I wasted the rest of the day roaming Bisbee and Sierra Vista before going on a night time ghost tour at the Birdcage Saloon in Tombstone. It was an outstanding weekend. :y:
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