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2014-09-30  
Kings Crown Peak - Superior Quad, AZ
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Kings Crown Peak - Superior Quad, AZ 
Kings Crown Peak - Superior Quad, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 30 2014
CannondaleKid
Hiking3.70 Miles 1,696 AEG
Hiking3.70 Miles   4 Hrs   2 Mns   0.98 mph
1,696 ft AEG      15 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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Casting my eyes across to Kings Crown while on my climb of Peak 5630 11 days ago I bumped this one up to the top of my list. With the weather cooperating with cooler and drier conditions it was time.

The first part of the drive on FR 342 from Oak Flat wasn't ok but the downhill to the intersection of FR342 & FR 2458 (FR 2458 is off limits to the public) was in the worst shape I'd ever seen it. I'm sure the heavy rain over the last few weeks did their part. But no matter, it was where I planned to begin the hike.

I had a few possible routes mapped but once I had a closer look out went the plans and it was take it as it comes, avoiding the worst of the thick and thorny brush as much as possible. I was barely started when I scared up a pair of white-tailed deer, which took off over the ridge to the east. They will be the first of over a dozen deer I will encounter over my three ascents today.

Once I hit the first ridge there was less brush but it was just as hazardous because the tall grass hid the myriads of loose rock. So between that and breaking in a new pair of boots I was extra careful. Nearing the second ridge I scared up another deer but even though it was close it was gone so fast I had no time for a photo. Oh well, moving on...

Closing in on the summit of Peak 5421 I could finally see Kings Crown ad adjusted my route accordingly. A quick dip down to the saddle between them and I was on the final ascent, taking a corkscrew curve to avoid the steepest terrain. I didn't expect to get a visual sighting on the benchmark because the information I had said it was buried under an 8-foot tall rock mound. But as I approached the summit I had high hopes as the was no mound, just a bunch of rocks scattered around the high-point. And there it was, right out in the open.

I added my name to the couple dozen names in the summit log and took time for a PB&J break. While looking around I was a bit surprised by the number of mining claim markers in very precarious places around the peak. How they expected to work a claim on the side of a sheer wall, I don't know.

While at the summit I scanned the terrain to the south toward Peak 5128 and 4971 with hopes of bagging them while I was nearby. But the only route I had mapped on Route Manager was a no-go, with a 200' cliff where it appeared to be an easier slope and the detour was longer than I cared to do today. I will return for both peaks another time with a different approach.

Ok, since I'm not continuing on I thought I'd check out going west instead of east from the saddle. From the KC summit it looked very steep with a few sheer drops so I thought I'd venture just so far before deciding whether I could get down safely or if I'd have climb back up. But each time I made a note of where I would turn around if it passed my fear threshold, once O got there, I'd take another chance. By time I was halfway down I was committed... I had literally stepped into huge sections of brush only to drop up to a dozen feet before landing on solid ground, there was no way I would be climbing back up.

Funny how once you're committed, you'll try things that you wouldn't try otherwise. Luckily for me, it worked out and eventually I found a well-beaten game trail going in my direction. After that it was a matter of taking the shortest route near the quartz(?) mine back to Forest Road 342 which was an easy jaunt along the only smooth section on the road. (This part was used by the trucks hauling rock so it was quite smooth) I got to walk under the crackling power lines along the way.

I got a bit carried away taking 84 photos which means a bit more time weeding through and post the top 50 on HAZ.

Three-minute Kings Crown Peak summit panorama video is here:
[ youtube video ]
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