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Bishop Nose - Payson South Quad, AZ
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Bishop Nose - Payson South Quad, AZ 
Bishop Nose - Payson South Quad, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 30 2014
CannondaleKid
Hiking2.10 Miles 1,286 AEG
Hiking2.10 Miles   2 Hrs   19 Mns   0.94 mph
1,286 ft AEG      5 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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As I mentioned in the Bishop Knoll triplog, I expected a couple short and easy ascents along with plenty of time for mapping out Forest Roads in the area. But due to road conditions on FR 584 and even worse conditions the last mile or so of a long-unused track it was after 1 pm before I got started on this one.

I had originally mapped out a GPS track to begin another spot a little farther away but upon seeing the ridge I thought I could continue across on (saving some climbing) did not continue as expected, so I kept driving until I found something that looked better. Which meant I'd have something like a 200-foot descent to Gibson Creek before a thousand-foot climb.

Luckily the descent was along some cow-paths down to the creek, which while rocky, was still better than bush-whacking down.

All I can say about the ascent was that it was LONG! It was not just a simple follow the ridge all the way up, but a continuous series of boulder barriers to climb up and over a traverse around only to have to drop down to a short saddle before attacking another boulder field.

After reaching the ridge I wondered why the cattle dragged themselves all the way up here for? There was certainly more accessible forage than the scraggly vegetation up here.

Whatever, I still had the final and tallest boulders to climb to reach the summit. I realized hiking poles would just be a detriment so I set them down in an obvious spot that I would have to come by on the return so I wouldn't forget them, then proceeded to scale the boulders to the summit.

Nice views all around! The spot I chose to film and shoot photos from had a nice 100'+ drop mere inches away, which provided me a smidgen of comfort more than the other option, which was barely wide enough for my boots and a straight 200-foot drop. I got Gumby legs just thinking about that one.

Summit scaled, I picked up my hiking poles as I passed by and began the descent. I retraced the first 1/4 of my route before diverging along a series of cow-paths and avoided two of the boulder obstacles. From this route I could see what appeared to be a deep pool of water in Gibson Creek and thought about checking it out, but if I got all the way down and was unable to continue up the creek from there, I would end up tacking on another 200-foot climb and extra time to my return trip. Already realizing I'd have no time for mapping the roads, I headed back.

I took 45 photos so will post the full set on HAZ.

Bishop Nose summit panorama video is here:
http://www.youtube.com/embed/tFSzQf4I4ns
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