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8 by photographer avatartrekkin_gecko
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Pass Mountain RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 20 2014
trekkin_gecko
Hiking9.40 Miles 2,339 AEG
Hiking9.40 Miles   4 Hrs   17 Mns   2.44 mph
2,339 ft AEG      26 Mns Break
 
one of my hazolutions for 2014 is to summit 52 peaks
pass mountain ridgeline provides two, so i headed to usury mountain park after work this morning
up wind cave trail to the south summit
spent just a couple minutes there sharing space with a nice couple
i got this from the gal: you're doing that by yourself?
the guy had tried it once and got stopped by a "canyon"
moving on
stuck to the highest part of the ridge for the most part
boulder hopping, scrambling, a couple of climbs, some easy walking on level ground
as i remembered from last time, one false summit
an obvious high point on the west ridge with a summit register
found randy and denny's names, but didn't look that hard
went over to the eastern high point
great views of the goldfields, superstitions, salt river and four peaks
last time i took a descent line to the east
today i continued north along the ridgeline
there's a cairned trail that follows the same line that hansenaz and jjiii have taken to the north and then west
found the four foot ledges mentioned in some of the trip logs
the only detraction was the scree slide, which is always very slow going for me
would have liked one hiking pole for a third point of contact
took the long way back on pass mountain trail
at the saddle, went east along the path where rockadoodledude saw a gila monster, but nothing was stirring
finished up and drove over to blevins trail, where cannondalekid has seen one, but again struck out
no critters at all other than some ground squirrels and small lizards
i like this hike a lot, but would like to find a different way down
maybe johnr1's official route next time
long pants are not necessary
minimal damage
cool enough temps and a decent breeze
fun morning :)
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