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Barry Goldwater Peak Western Approach, AZ
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Barry Goldwater Peak Western Approach, AZ 
Barry Goldwater Peak Western Approach, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 17 2015
Barrett
Hiking3.10 Miles 1,992 AEG
Hiking3.10 Miles   3 Hrs   40 Mns   0.95 mph
1,992 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
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When I originally sent a PM to several HAZ members and asked if they were interested in doing Barry Goldwater from behind, I was surprised at the lack of enthusiasm. :-k
Fortunately SpiderLegs was already aware of my proposed western approach and was down for some off trail adventure. The road in started smooth but the last few miles became high-clearance low range and finally we arrived at where an old Jeep had also called it quits and we started off on foot.
The ridge we chose up was perfect, clear and solid. About half way we ran into a full camo bowhunter who had not seen any deer, and I doubt would have any luck in the strong wind cutting across the terrain. We apologized for probably spooking any wildlife, he politely acknowledged both our rights to be here, and we wished him luck.
We reached the north/south ridge, still easy going but with more grass,and followed it up to Barry Goldwater, where we signed in and I had a summit brew I bought just because I liked the packaging.
From there we scrambled west over to peak "3914", where we found a register that contained only a bullet and some rusted DogTags. To this I added a third unique item that has been in my possession for over 25 years that was waiting for the right occasion to pass on. Of course anyone can discover its iconic beauty, but honestly I put it there just to mess with Desert Boonie for the whole Ludden thing. :D
We decided against the rest of the western ridge - it really looked pretty uneventful from our vantage point, so we headed down. The route was a bit more tricky, steep and loose. After a bit we were able to use a ravine that required a lot of small down climbs and a few side steps, but made for a successful return to the bajada and finally the truck.
A great off-trail hike, far less mileage than any eastern approach, with rugged terrain and big views to the west. It may take a few more gallons of gas and a 4WD, but to paraphrase Mr. Frost, taking the path less traveled can make all the difference.
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