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McDowell and Drinkwater Peaks, AZ
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McDowell and Drinkwater Peaks, AZ 
McDowell and Drinkwater Peaks, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 30 2014
trekkin_gecko
Hiking8.56 Miles 2,632 AEG
Hiking8.56 Miles   3 Hrs   57 Mns   2.35 mph
2,632 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
 
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today's criteria:
a peak (or two)
2300 aeg to hit 20k for november
close enough or short enough to watch football at 2:00
mcdowell and drinkwater certainly fit the above
texted john at the last minute and he was able to change his south mountain plan and join me
thought gateway would be crowded, but it wasn't
gateway loop, bell pass to the saddle
off trail up to mcdowell and then across the ridge to drinkwater
this hike is not an easy one
don't think i've taken the same line up mcdowell in the five times i've done it
the ascent isn't that hard, but there are cactus, loose rock and sticker bushes to avoid
nice views from the top
didn't stay long, but headed down the ridgeline between mcdowell and drinkwater
i find this part more challenging, although i do enjoy it; i'm just slow
john is much faster at it
the ridgeline is the best path, as dropping down is too brushy
some scrambling over loose boulders at times
don't think many get over to drinkwater, which is part of the appeal
looked around there and discussed an alternate return but decided to go back over mcdowell
the ridgeline seemed easier this time and we took a better line down from mcdowell
bell pass seemed like a superhighway after that
saw a few more people coming down
i lost a bet that we would see someone we knew
temps were very nice - a little windy up top
a few minor slices from brush but no cactus
these were my 51st and 52nd peaks this year, which was a goal for 2014
will probably get a couple more yet
these peaks were a lot more fun having good company
thanks for joining me, john
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