|Rugged Mesa - Turret Peak - Bishop Creek Loop, AZ|
|Rugged Mesa - Turret Peak - Bishop Creek Loop, AZ|| |
Rugged Mesa - Turret Peak - Bishop Creek Loop, AZ
|Hiking||12.46 Miles|| 9 Hrs 6 Mns ||1.60 mph|
|2,505 ft AEG|| 1 Hour 20 Mns Break||15 LBS Pack|
|I needed to scratch this itch.
This has been another on my radar for awhile.
My interest was re tweaked when I was researching the General Crook Trail that Denny and I completed last year.
On March 27, 1873, a group of soldiers and Apache Scouts under the command of Captain George M. Randall crept up Turret Peak around midnight. Randall had the men crawl on hands and knees to avoid making any noise or rattling any stones. Waiting until dawn, the soldiers charged and surprised a rancheria near the crest of the mountain. The natives were so startled and panic-stricken that many of them simply jumped from the mountain side falling to their death below. Some resisted, fighting for a little while before being killed or surrendering. Fifty-seven natives died as result and several more were wounded and captured. Unfortunately a few civilians were found in the cave after the fighting had stopped, killed accidentally by the covering fire or rolling rocks. The attack at Turret Peak proved demoralizing to the Yavapai and Apache people. Two weeks after the battle, on April 6, many of the hostiles surrendered to Crook at Camp Verde. Several of the soldiers who fought at Turret Peak were later awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions.
Temps were perfect on the day. In the 30's at the start but became very pleasant once we got into the sunlight.
A half mile road walk and then straight up Rugged Mesa. 'Twas a bit steep, but more than anything, I was wishing for the Gaiters I'd left in the truck. Rugged Mesa, with the proper protection, is a nice walk with great views. It was just under 2 miles across the top, but stopping to remove prickly things, slowed us down.
From on top of Rugged Mesa, we plotted our route up Turret trying to bypass as much of the sharp prickly stuff that we could. It worked out pretty well for the most part.
Based on the uncontrollable language coming from both of our mouths, this peak should be renamed Tourette Peak instead of Turret Peak
I made it to the western bench just below the peak and then Joe led us around the eastern side to ascend the Class 3 to the top of Turret. There was only one slightly sketchy spot. Views...well... WOW.
Video from atop Turret Peak http://youtu.be/IQi-CUAIUEY
We were woefully behind on our timetable due to the thickness of the Flora to this point. We decided we'd make it down to Bishop Creek, have some lunch, and then assess the situation.
Bishop Creek was like Heaven compared to what we were through. We went towards Buck Basin, but while eating some lunch, decided the rest of the track was not in the cards on this day. We retreated down Bishop Creek. Bishop Creek itself looks to be a worthy location to check out.
I DO have unfinished business up there, but at least Turret is out of my system.
Recommendations for Rugged Mesa / Turret Peak
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