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White Tank West Cuesta 1982', AZ
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White Tank West Cuesta 1982', AZ 
White Tank West Cuesta 1982', AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 20 2014
Barrett
Hiking1.50 Miles 581 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles   3 Hrs      1.50 mph
581 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break
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While planning a western approach to Barry Goldwater Peak in the White Tanks, I came across a cool rock formation on Google Earth I later learned is called a Cuesta. (Mesas are flat-topped, but if the top slants, it is called a Cuesta). I decided to make a trip to confirm access to the area, which turned out to be worth it.
Cattle gates and no signage led to nice two-track which I followed in to park near the landmark. The sun crept over the Tanks as I found a route up on the east side that had solid rock and minimal exposure. :) From there I explored the slanted top of wild stone that looked molten, following the edge clockwise to see if there was any other way down.
I was rewarded with not only an easier downclimb on the west side, but a tunnel to boot. :D
Following the base around, I came across a number of grottos, one of which had a dry waterfall leading out of it's sheltered mouth. My guess is rain from on top of the mesa drains through the roof. 8)
Having had a blast, I made my way back to the truck, taking a few last shots of the Totally Doable Barry Ridgeline Approach for that future trip.
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