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Sawyer Peak 4293 - Black Mtns - Tres Alamos
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Sawyer Peak 4293 - Black Mtns - Tres AlamosNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 03 2015
The_Eagle
Hiking15.79 Miles 2,984 AEG
Hiking15.79 Miles   9 Hrs   34 Mns   2.09 mph
2,984 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break15 LBS Pack
 
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The planned loop turned into a lasso Loop, after we ran into Private Property signs 10 miles in off of Rt93 on Pipeline Road. How can a road (Pipeline Road) that runs through a property, be Private.

Date Creek sees 4 wheel and ORV action, but we saw, nor heard none while we were there.
Honey Bee Spring is an interesting area that we spent a bit of time exploring and acting like kids by throwing rocks on the ice. Heck, you don't to get to do that too often being desert dwellers.

We took the east approach to assault Sawyer. After being up top, this appears to be the best approach. There was scattered snow on the way up, but it took longer to dodge the cacti going up. The closer you get to the peak, the steeper this sucker got.

We had lunch on the windless peak and admired the views in all directions. Alamo Lake was barely visible 20 miles to the west, to the southwest, Smith Peak (16 miles) and Harquahala (31 miles) both with a bit of snow. To the NNW in the Arrastra Wilderness Ives and Viola at 6miles and Arrastra Mountain 16 miles away.

We contemplated our route down.
Neither of us like out and back hikes and I got talked into following the ridge line to the north as our escape route. It was a lot of boulder hopping, snow covered in spots. The snow made it slow going wearing shoes that are in need of replacement.

Note to self: Joe has no concept of length or time, 50 yards is never 50 yards and 15 minutes is never 15 minutes

There were two spots on the way down where I questioned both of our sanity. The scariest spot had me straddling a crumbly rock knife edge ridge 12" wide, with my right leg exposed to a 500' drop on one side and my left leg exposed to a different 500' drop on the other. Luckily it was only 6' to 8' long.

Once down we had to climb back up to the saddle 500' in the deepest snow of the day.

From here on out I led us back, while Joe announced the Cards game to me from the radio he as listening to. A special effort was made to stay out of the canyons to attempt to get reception. We missed the most of the 3rd qtr. Damn Cardinals. :bdh: but a remarkable year.

Video at Honey Bee Spring :next: http://youtu.be/0PKXpJvvcCY
Video from Sawyer Peak :next: http://youtu.be/OyuTErRLPRY
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Honey Bee Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
50' x 30' pool was frozen over with an inch of ice
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