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Richmond Mountain - Chrome Butte Quad, AZ
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Richmond Mountain - Chrome Butte Quad, AZ 
Richmond Mountain - Chrome Butte Quad, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 07 2014
CannondaleKid
Hiking2.10 Miles 978 AEG
Hiking2.10 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   1.01 mph
978 ft AEG      5 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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After knocking out Chrome Butte I drove across the US 60 and a mile or so on FR584 before beginning my climb of Richmond Mountain. There was a gate in the fence within a hundred feet of the start so that was nice. Unlike Chrome Butte, the only other fence I will need to pass through on the other side of the summit will also have a gate.

I had two ridges to choose from for the ascent, but due to a few nice cow-paths to begin with, I chose the opposite of the route I had mapped out. The cow-paths died out pretty quickly but it was still the better choice.

At the summit I found Richmond Mountain had an even wider, flatter summit than Chrome Butte along with more vegetation, so the summit pan photos and video don't show a whole lot. So again I wandered around to document the best views.

Once I ended up on the southernmost point of the southern ridge of Richmond Mountain I decided to drop down more directly and make it a loop. If I took a few more minutes I'm sure I could have chosen a more moderate slope than I did, but once I was into the descent I figured I'd stick with it.

Instead of the 82° & 50% humidity at the start it was up to 90° but significantly less humidity, so I was all fired up to get to my third and last peak for the day.

But rather than driving back out to the 60 and going farther north to the other end of FR584, I figured why not continue on FR584. Well I would soon find out why not. Although it shows FR584 making an arc and re-connecting with the 60, it no longer goes all the way through. Unfortunately I did not know that yet.

Based on a number of bits of evidence I believe the road was originally paved in the mid-1930's but I'm not sure if it was designated US 60 at the time, possibly even US 70. Whatever it was, there are some sections with the old pavement still visible and almost as many areas that give absolutely no evidence it was ever a US highway. In fact some spots there are probably 40-50 year-old trees where the middle of the highway used to be.

But as rough as it was, with plenty of care I continued on for just over a mile when I came to a washout that had been here long enough there were old warning signs. The only thing I could see that had passed by were the cows. So... it was the end-of-the-line for me.
](*,)

Oh great! Although I hit 12-15 mph a couple times, my average for just over a mile was a measly 4 mph! And now I had to back up to find a spot to turn around. Between that and the slow drive back out to the US 60 I'd blown the time I had set aside for the last climb. Oh well, with plenty more peaks out this way that I have all mapped out, I'll be back very soon.

While there will be some redundancy, I'll post the full set of 35 photos here.

Richmond Mountain summit panorama video is here:
https://www.youtube.com/embed/BBWqzalLQlo

NOTE: Although I included the info below at the end of the Chrome Butte triplog, it's more relevant to this triplog so I'm pasting it here as well.
For those who won't see both triplogs, ya know. :whistle:

A 10-1/2 minute video driving along the ancient US 60 is here:
https://www.youtube.com/embed/JjIjE9TY4g4

It's now part of FR584 but some maps refer to it as 'Hunting Road' which is a pretty accurate representation. Put it this way... JJ won't be driving his Jeep on it any time soon. ;)
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