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Montezuma Peak Loop, AZ
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Montezuma Peak Loop, AZ 
Montezuma Peak Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2014
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking8.61 Miles 3,323 AEG
Hiking8.61 Miles   6 Hrs   26 Mns   1.69 mph
3,323 ft AEG   1 Hour   21 Mns Break
 
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I've been working on traversing the entire Sierra Estrella Ridgeline for the last year or so. I did it in sections and some I did with friends and some I did solo.

Today commenced the last piece to complete the project. JohnLP and I headed out early and were on the trail by 7:05am. We went up the wash past the Don Joaquin Lost Mine and the old structure. From there it is pretty much straight up the ravine. It is steep but manageable. A little over a year ago Mike (RockadoodoodleDude) and I came down this same ravine. We had traversed from Quartz Peak to Montezuma Peak.

Montezuma Peak is an outstanding summit and is worth a trip up if you have the gumption. Funny enough the last two to visit the summit and sign the register were a couple HAZer's. They were there since Mike and I went but that was the only other party to sign the register in the last year.

Views are great and it just feels good to sit on top of something that we see all the time. Once we took it all in we were on our way heading south. We went to the next peak that has an antenna on it and then down, down, down. Steep and full of cacti land mines made for an intense trip. Then we rode the rugged ridge to the spot where I turned and exited yesterday. I placed a 5 hour energy bottle as my marker. Today I retrieved it and we then headed down the ravine back to the desert floor.

On the way down we took a side trip to a spot where I saw some pottery shards and petroglyphs yesterday. My GPS track shows where that spot is should you want to check it out for yourself.

This is a cool hike and I would highly recommend it as a loop like we did. It's nothing to crazy but packs a punch and really delivers in many ways.

It's important to note that it requires a high clearance vehicle to get to the Trailhead. I also have a GPS route to the Trailhead that you are welcome to use.
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