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Wildcat Peak Loop, AZ
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Wildcat Peak Loop, AZ 
Wildcat Peak Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 06 2014
Hansenaz
Hiking7.55 Miles 1,943 AEG
Hiking7.55 Miles   6 Hrs   22 Mns   1.43 mph
1,943 ft AEG   1 Hour   6 Mns Break
 
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Returned to the southern Sawtooths with a plan to check out some more open desert for ancient cultural signs then loop back over Wildcat Peak.

The cultural hunt was a bit of a bust...saw only a few scattered pottery sherds and the sole petroglyph I saw was modernish. A few interesting things though: I ran across a weather balloon data package, ascended a steep seldom visited bump, and had a fun and challenging time on Wildcat Peak.

I would call the route I took up Wildcat the "curly ridge" because from the place I first saw the summit I had to do a near 360° circle on a long narrow ridge to reach it. It was nice to be up there although the view was limited by the overcast. At one point I spooked a couple javelinas a couple hundred feet below me and they did an impressive sprint straight down the steep mountainside. A bit further along I ran across some hidden (and fresh) garbage - a likely drug spotter site (where's Outlander when you need him?).

The summit itself seemed more popular than I would have expected though recent visits were mainly by geo-cachers and religious nuts. Not sure how most people get to the top - my guess would be they strain up the steep southern face (my descent route) - I doubt many take the "curly ridge".

Another good day in this area and not my last (it's only an hour from my house!).
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