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2014-12-13  
Harquahala and Frustums, AZ
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Harquahala and Frustums, AZ 
Harquahala and Frustums, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 13 2014
The_Eagle
Hiking13.66 Miles 4,128 AEG
Hiking13.66 Miles   7 Hrs   13 Mns   2.17 mph
4,128 ft AEG      56 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Last minute change in plans.

We had a little rain on the drive there, but skys were mainly sunny once we left Wickenburg.

I'd forgotten how nice of a hike this is. It is starting to get a bit catclawy in spots, but long pants cure that. Temps were a cool 47 in the shade to start, with the peak hidden in the clouds. The scattered clouds on the day left interesting shadows in the valley below.

When we hit the top, a cloud rolled in to cover the peak, It got a bit cold and windy. After a search for the peak marker (found 2 reference markers), we determined it was among the missing. Chums had planned a route to get us over to a Frustum. The La Paz / Maricopia County line. After a little searching, 9L found it up on the ridge.

Interestingly enough, it was placed in 1918, and showed we were at the border of Yuma and Maricopa Counties. We were actually at the La Paz and Maricopa border. After a little research, we found that La Paz succeeded from Yuma County in 1983 or 65 years after this was placed.

Back to the peak and we were walking in the clouds again. On the day we went from shorts and short sleeves, to Jackets, winter hats and gloves, numerous times.

We ate lunch at the top of Harquahala while the sun warmed us for a bit and when the clouds hit again, made our way down the mountain

Video from atop Harquahala Peak :next: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vqQGHvJImM

On the way out, we drove across Rt 60 (I had vivid memories of a previous trip on that side of the Rd) on Urea Ranch Rd, to go search out 2 more county markers. We found both. Kyle get so excited around Frustums that he talks in a high pitch Girlie voice when around them.

I hit 1,000 miles for the year on this hike and I was reinforced once again that I still hate barbed wire...
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