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Lime Peak 3789 and Frustum #27, AZ
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Lime Peak 3789 and Frustum #27, AZ 
Lime Peak 3789 and Frustum #27, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 16 2015
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking6.72 Miles 2,249 AEG
Hiking6.72 Miles   8 Hrs   47 Mns   1.22 mph
2,249 ft AEG   3 Hrs   17 Mns Break
 
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A couple months ago I hiked into Deadman Creek, that feeds into Horseshoe reservoir, to locate (and ‘exhume’) Maricopa/Yavapai Boundary Marker #28. It was partially buried in sediment, and was in a ‘cocklebur field’. That hike had to be done when Horseshoe Reservoir was empty (which purposely happens seasonally for water conservation).

Well, to make today’s hike more doable, it also had to be done with an empty (or almost empty) reservoir. Horseshoe Res, on hike day, was 4% full and rising, so off I went to climb Lime Peak 3789 just west of the reservoir, to find a different county boundary marker (#27), and an associated survey benchmark called Lime.

I parked just west of Horseshoe Res boat launch and started off, (north), crossing Lime Creek through a ‘cocklebur forest’. From Lime Creek, I paralleled the mountain, crossing many drainages until I came to a doable ridgeline up to the mountain range high point. The ridge ‘up’ starts off fairly mild, with many ‘rock-bumps’ on the way up. Soon, however, it started to get rather steep. Just prior to getting to the actual top of Pk 3789, I was going up at a 50 degree grade in soft gravel. That part was a big ‘lung buster’.

Once atop the range, I could visually review the route the original surveyors took in 1924. They took a different, much longer ridgeline and commented in their Lime BM datasheet that the ridge they used was “very steep, with a narrow serrated edge”. From my visual of their ‘serrated edge’ ridge walk, I’m glad I didn’t go up that way.

LIME Triangulation Station disk is in excellent shape. (No reference marks or azimuth marks were placed). All the wood and wires for the original ‘Height of Light’ were strewn around, which, after 91 years is the normal case. Once I took photos of Lime BM, I went north, off the high point in search of county boundary marker #27. It’s about 330 ft north and down a couple ridge bumps. (100 ft lower and not visible from the BM). As expected, it was in pristine shape. I’m sure it’s never been on anyone’s usual ‘hiking track’. (ie … no vandalism opportunities).

After once more, toying with hiking off the mountain via the surveyors’ route, I decided that would take too much time, as it would drop me down into Lime creek far to the west. So, I went down the same as my ‘up’ route. The first portion of the hike down was slow, due to the loose gravel and steep grade. After that, it was just a ‘trek-to-the-car’.

There are a total of thirty one Maricopa/Yavapai Boundary Marker frustums.
Eleven of those frustums are between the Agua Fria River to the west and Mt Peeley to the east. I have located eight of those, so I have three more to go. I know where those three are located, and hopefully I can some day figure out a way to get to them.
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