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Harquahala and more, AZ
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Harquahala and more, AZ 
Harquahala and more, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 13 2014
chumley
Hiking12.73 Miles 4,015 AEG
Hiking12.73 Miles   5 Hrs   59 Mns   2.63 mph
4,015 ft AEG   1 Hour   9 Mns Break
 
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Got a last minute invite to join 9L and pals on a county high-point quest. This one surprised me. I wasn't expecting it to be nearly as cool as it was.

Pouring rain as we left the valley, but the drive west dried out and resulted in magical clouds and fog shrouding peaks across the desert. The Harq summit was socked in when we arrived, but as we made our way up, it cleared. Up top the clouds intermittently reduced visibility to under 100-feet, but then opened again providing dramatic views of the peaks and valleys around us. Temps stayed in the upper 40s most of the day, but with intermittent dense fog, warm sun, and occasionally a chilly breeze, we all went through more wardrobe combinations than the average runway model.

We were a bit frustrumated that the La Paz/Maricopa monument on the ridge a mile east of the summit was only a pipe (though there were also remnants of a USGS Instrument structure which once stood there). There was no concrete frustrum adorned with nice plaques. Oh well...there were others nearby to search for, and Kyle was excited for the adventure.

Also. 9L really doesn't enjoy driving on roads that aren't paved. Even as a passenger. I think his Urea dripped a little bit. :scared:

Note: Harquahala is derived from the Native American term "Aha qua hala" meaning "water there is high up". It is correctly pronounced however you want. I prefer "Hark Valhalla", since it links the native American origins of the southwest to my own Norse ancestry.
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