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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
johnlp
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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JJ had one last segment to finish off a full traverse of the Sierra Estrella ridgeline. No easy task. I offered to join him on the Montezuma south leg. I hadn't been to this prominent peak yet and it fullfills my quest of hitting the major Sierra Estrella peaks. The list includes Estrella/Hays Peak, Montezuma Sleeping (my favorite), Quartz Peak, Butterfly Peak, and Montezuma Peak. All but one I hiked with John, and I thank him for the company and assistance.

The hike up is interesting and challenging, like all the others. Besides Quartz Peak, the Sierra Estrella sees little foot traffic. It feels remote and old, but is only a few miles from the fifth largest city in the USA.

From the peak we hiked south to where John had hiked north from the southern end of the range yesterday. This completed John's ridgeline journey. We then hiked west down to the desert and back to the jeep.

Along the way John showed me the sherd and glyphs he discovered yesterday. Very cool.

Another great hike in the Estrellas. Congrats JJ! :)
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