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Bronco Butte - Horse MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 31 2015
Hiking4.50 Miles 2,080 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   0.86 mph
2,080 ft AEG
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With a Canadian guest in town looking forward to some winter sunshine and a desert adventure, we went out on the cloud-covered day before the Super Bowl. Parked at the turnoff to the Reavis Trailhead off of the Apache Trail and started putting the puzzle together. Richard and Eric wanted to find some cliffs to climb, as per usual, but there was not a single rock that was stable on this massif. So, we found the prominent drainage on the southeast side of the mountain and made our way into it and up. Brush actually wasn't bad over on this side of the mountain, and other than the loose rocks, the going was steep but not difficult from a technical standpoint other than the occasional short scramble. Near the top, there was actually running water (!) in the drainage. At the top, the clouds rolled in, and it was hard to tell where the true summit was. The point with overhanging cliff near the weather station isn't it. I recommend a Tyrolean traverse for this one. The gentler point to the east was higher, though, and we found a sparsely-signed summit register. The views were as good as advertised, when we could see them. Was a good day for a summit IPA. Got back down to the CR-V just as the rain started again. Flowing water and clouds everywhere: not a typical day in the Superstitions.
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