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Pass Mtn Ridgeline Loop - Meridian THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 10 2014
CannondaleKid
Hiking5.20 Miles 1,663 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   3 Hrs   4 Mns   1.74 mph
1,663 ft AEG      5 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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I had to stay close to home today so chose something different yet familiar. While I've done dozens of hikes to Pass Mountain 3127 summit and two full Pass Mountain ridge-line hikes, I wanted to try a faster and more direct route to the true summit at 3312 feet in elevation.

I began from the Meridian TH and followed Pass Mountain Loop Trail #282 until just before it started the switchbacks on the way up to the saddle, where I left the trail. From there I followed a number of game trails winding my way up a hundred yards or so west of the saddle. At that point I noticed a large group of hikers taking a break at the saddle. (I would see them still there for over an hour... too long a break for me!)

From there I turned north for a while until I located a nice narrow bare-rock dry runoff which I followed most of the way up. Eventually I had to wind my way through huge boulder fields to reach the flat area up top.

On the last climb I spotted a deer a few hundred yards across the next canyon but was unable to get a photo... I wasn't frame it in a shot because of the sun reflecting on the screen.
:tt:
I took some shots but when I got home, none had the deer in the photo... so I did a very rare deletion of the photos.
:whistle:
Once I reached the summit I did the usual thing with pan photos and video then headed toward the other side of the canyon where I had spotted the deer. Unfortunately the only approach I had was upwind of where I last saw the deer so I really didn't expect to sneak up on it. As it turned out even after adding a wide loop around the area, alas, no deer was to be found.
:(
I continued on down until reaching the loop trail and headed back toward the saddle. After passing the saddle I skipped the long winding route with the switchbacks and took the alternate route straight south, following a number of game trails most of the way back until connecting with an existing trail. It turned out to be a nice route so I'll have to drag Tracey back out for another trip to the summit.

One video:
Pass Mountain 3312 summit panorama
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