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Peak 3465 Hiero Mtns - Morgan City Wash Loop, AZ
mini location map2015-01-24
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Peak 3465 Hiero Mtns - Morgan City Wash Loop, AZ 
Peak 3465 Hiero Mtns - Morgan City Wash Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 24 2015
The_Eagle
Hiking19.89 Miles 3,013 AEG
Hiking19.89 Miles   9 Hrs   45 Mns   2.34 mph
3,013 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Still dark, the day started off to a brisk and breezy 35 degrees. We covered the 4 miles to the "Big Jim Trail", quickly to warm up. From here you climb +2200' to the summit in less than 2 miles. This is the first time since the end of 2010, that I've done this hike. Back then, there was no defined trail from the end of the "Big Jim Trail" to the top. This has been getting noticeable traffic and has been flagged in spots.

The view from the top is still one of the best in the area. It took a while to re-find the 1902 inscription, but Joe spotted it.

The next person up, should bring a new summit container and log pad. The past records are getting trashed. It was too fragile to take out of the jar.

We picked a route down the backside that was slow going, but not too bad. We luckily ran into the "Burro Flats Loop Trail", saving us some brush fighting. We bailed on target two for the day and set our sites for the Morgan City Wash. The 4.5 miles in the wash drug on, but were easy miles.

On the way we stopped at the Bog Ranch area, right off the wash. This area is a disgrace with all the shot up stuff and shell casings everywhere.

We got out of the wash at Tule Spring and started the cross-country burro trail trek to meet up with the "Walking Jim Trail" and the truck.

Another fine day in the Hieroglyphic Mountains, with still some unfinished business.
Fauna
Fauna
Teva Wild Burro
Culture
Culture
Inscriptions
Named place
Named place
Pikes Peak Tule Spring

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Tule Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Catchment was full and pipe was dripping clear water

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Walkin' Jim Spring Dripping Dripping
There was some pooling in the area
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