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Bishop Knoll - Payson South Quad, AZ
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Bishop Knoll - Payson South Quad, AZ 
Bishop Knoll - Payson South Quad, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 30 2014
CannondaleKid
Hiking2.20 Miles 784 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   2 Hrs   6 Mns   1.09 mph
784 ft AEG      5 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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The plan was to bag a couple easy peaks and take the rest of the day to map out the Forest Roads in the area. Well, it started off a bit slow... the drive on FR 584 from AZ 87 only took 42 minutes to go 3.2 miles to my chosen trailhead for Bishop Knoll.

While the first mile or so was rough, the rest included more than a little rock-crawling, sliding over large rocks/small boulders. This part of the road seemed unfit even for ATV's. And yes, the Cherokee gained a fresh new batch of paint-removing Arizona Pinstripes.

Time for the hike. I followed a route along an old trail of some kind for a half-mile before resorting to some very mild bush-whacking... bypassing the obstacles more than actual thrashing through brush, so that part was good.

Most of the actual ascent was along cow-paths, which made for an easy climb. The last part involved a small amount of rock-climbing and in short order I was at the summit. While the newest FR Topo shows this peak having a benchmark, none was to be found. The large boulder at the top seemed to have evidence of where it may have been, but it has since split and one 'half' is now a bunch of rocks.

The only summit log was a small water bottle with one piece of paper inside. It took using a needle-nose to get it out, only to find it blank. I didn't bother to make an entry.

I wandered around a bit on the summit ridge then returned with a traverse across the eastern face below the summit. That was the only treacherous part of the hike. Just before leaving the summit area I saw a cowboy and his dogs herding a few cattle. Before I could get a clear view the cattle had kept going while the cowboy and three dogs stopped at a watering hole for a drink and for some, a short bath. I used my Canon at 30X zoom resting against a boulder to get a few decent photos.

On the rest of the trip back I altered my course to the east in hopes of getting a nice photo of the eastern 'face' of the bishop but it didn't work out as hoped. Back to the Jeep I had a slow half-mile on FR 548 before reaching FR 208, which was a much better.

Oh yeah, I got so busy wandering around the summit I forgot my usual video pan so I shot one from the ridge to the north. ](*,)

Bishop Knoll ridge summit panorama video is here:
[ youtube video ]
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