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Phoenix Mountain Preserve - Mohave Loop & Spur, AZ
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Phoenix Mountain Preserve - Mohave Loop & Spur, AZ 
Phoenix Mountain Preserve - Mohave Loop & Spur, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 31 2014
black_toes
Hiking3.43 Miles 1,378 AEG
Hiking3.43 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   1.76 mph
1,378 ft AEG      48 Mns Break
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Did a clockwise tour of the Mohave Loop and added a twist. At the high saddle on the Ruth Hamilton Tr, I turned S on an unnamed path to the summit of the first high peak along a ridgeline of smaller ones on the E side of Squaw Peak Dr.

After a small rise and dip, the trail ascends steeply over loose rock and outcroppings to the top. Not much fun. I had not done much elevation in more than a month, and I wondered going up what if anything would make my life miserable. Cardio or legs? As it turned out, the cardio was fine but I developed jello-legs shortly after reaching the summit. That coupled with a stout wind and backpack led to cutting short a plan to do the entire jagged ridgeline. It is doable though. So I settled for lunch on the summit which Cal Topo says has an el of 2,141 (my GPS showed 2,114). Good views in all directions and the best I've yet seen of "quartz-slide hill" below, along the Quartz Ridge Tr.

Was angry with my weak thighs and decided to punish them by continuing the loop. After going down the Quartz Ridge Tr on slightly shaky legs, I went up the Mohave Connector. I reached the first saddle at sunset, then traversed up the peak on the N and came down to Squaw Peak Dr in darkness via the Mohave saddle. A good get-back-in-shape day. It was also my 50th hike of the year and important in the sense that I now know the pace it would take to do 200 in a year. Not that I plan or expect to do so.
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