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2014-10-18  
Breadpan Mountain - Sierra Ancha, AZ
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Breadpan Mountain - Sierra Ancha, AZ 
Breadpan Mountain - Sierra Ancha, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 18 2014
CannondaleKid
Hiking8.20 Miles 1,526 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles   5 Hrs   46 Mns   1.49 mph
1,526 ft AEG      15 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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For our first hike of a weekend hiking/camping trip in the Western Sierra Ancha we planned on bagging my first peak in the Sheep Basin Mountain Quadrangle. As remote as this area is the drive just to get to the trailhead was a challenge in itself.

The route seemed simple enough by Topo and Satellite view so we expected to do another hike later in the day. But as usual, it was not to be. While the route was pretty flat and looked to have numerous open areas, and it was pretty reasonable on the way to Robbers Roost Mountain summit, which was a short detour. But we would have plenty of thicker brush to contend with. It helped that there were many reasonably well-traveled elk trails, but as we learned a few months back on Aztec Peak, elk sometimes have a tendency to leave numerous few dead-ends, particularly in Manzanita.
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Oh well... as long as we had great weather (mid-70's to 80) it just made for a longer hike. Since we still hadn't chosen a campsite we decided to skip the second hike and use that time to find the perfect campsite.
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Maybe it was expecting too much, but we did in fact find the perfect site... a totally flat area with hard packed smooth dirt, open enough to see stars in every direction from inside the tent, an ancient but nice round fire-pit, no ants, no no-see-ums and surprisingly few mosquitoes, but we were in the tent reading by camp light by then.

Nightfall brought awesome view of the stars, the moonrise, very far off lightning (in New Mexico somewhere?), bugling of numerous elk, along with an elk rubbing it's antlers as it passed through the brush. It seemed to be coming directly toward us before we heard no more. In the morning we would find it came within less than a hundred yards of our campsite before turning away. We would see plenty of fresh tracks throughout the weekend.

Not many photos so I'm posting all on HAZ.

No video... the summit of Breadpan was too thick with brush.
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