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Indian Spring Peak - Diamond Mountain Loop, AZ
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Indian Spring Peak - Diamond Mountain Loop, AZ 
Indian Spring Peak - Diamond Mountain Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 22 2014
joebartels
Hiking14.15 Miles 4,485 AEG
Hiking14.15 Miles   10 Hrs   32 Mns   1.48 mph
4,485 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Intense saguaros west of Black Mesa on the Beeline near Sycamore Creek have intrigued me driving north for decades. This route didn't hit the hotspot yet now I understand the scree and saguaro show layout! Portions of our loop offered outstanding views. The incredible weather probably would have made anything seem great today, it was nice to be in an area I anticipated exploring.

We headed up the road in the crisp of morning. It was great to see Bruce after his week off for deer hunting. The off trail started out easy. We made it to ISP after dropping our packs at the saddle below. The peak has a short scramble to the top. Up the south end on the left of two crevices. Near the top slide right and up. Great holds, enough exposure to make you think, over quick if you keep moving, slight trust sliding back down to the ledge.

Over to 5120 for lunch. The short leaf aloe type plants along the way were the only annoying part of the hike. In areas they cluster in large circles. Met Frank on 5120 and chatted for awhile. Basically he's retired. Basically to 5120. Lunch on the edge with sweeping views from Ord to the Superstitions. Just yabba dabba doo fantastic.

Frank showed us a route down. We tried it. Off trail seemed easier and less brushy so we aborted back to the planned route. Heading SE off a tier below was steep, slick grass and oh heck it was awesome due to the weather.

1,500 feet lower we picked up FR1700 for a bit then off trailed back to square one.

Took 3 quarts, consumed 2. Pants are a must!
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Bartlett Reservoir
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