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Monument Mtn Grapevine Mesa 5167 Upper Ranch, AZ
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Monument Mtn Grapevine Mesa 5167 Upper Ranch, AZ 
Monument Mtn Grapevine Mesa 5167 Upper Ranch, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2015
The_Eagle
Hiking20.30 Miles 4,633 AEG
Hiking20.30 Miles   11 Hrs   32 Mns   2.02 mph
4,633 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
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Driving in, still on the pavement portion of Seven Springs Road, there was a large lit up sign announcing FR41, was closed due to a washout (From the Sept 2014 storm). This was the road we were to access our hike from. In all actually, FR41 was closed at the intersection with FR37 (5.7 miles in). In talking to a guy on a BMW motorcycle, he made it another 3 miles past the closure, before he could no go any further. Talking to a couple of guys in an FJ, they had made it all the way in from I-17, but they said it would take an FJ to make it. (Sorry, Jeep, Chevy, Ford and Dodge owners)

We started our climb of Monument Mountain roughly following Fliver tracks. We got to the top as the morning light was getting real sweet. We located the Disc and set our sites on Frustum 25 a 1/4 mile away.

The 4 mile walk across Grapevine Mesa, was not the cake walk I'd hoped for. I played scratch the legs and kick the cactus all the way over. Dropping off the Mesa, we entered an area filled with uncharacteristic boulders and a sweet running Grapevine Creek. I think just about every wash we crossed on the day, had running water.

On FR37 for a bit, then FR603, and then the climb started once going off road. We made it up 1000' before stopping at Peak 5167. After discussion, we decided this would be our turn around point. Benchmark Mountain and Peak 5936 were not in the cards today.

From Peak 5167 :next: https://youtube.com ... dwd4

We decided to take a side trip on the way back to Upper Ranch, to check that area out. It does not appear to have been lived in for quite a few years. The flood waters from last year, have cut off the ability to drive up to the cabin anymore. This is where we ran into the two guys in the FJ, complete with their Metal Detector, Machete and sidearms.

From here it was all a road walk back to the truck, right as the sun was going down.

Ambitious plans for the day didn't come off as planned, but we made the most in a new area for both of us.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Burnt Hole Canyon Light flow Light flow
Flowing nicely for the length of the canyon we were in

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Grapevine Tank 26-50% full 26-50% full
It was there if you really needed it

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Lion Canyon Light flow Light flow
Good flow observed

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Magazine Canyon Light flow Light flow
Good flow observed

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Pothole Tank Number Four 51-75% full 51-75% full

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Pothole Tank Number Three 76-100% full 76-100% full
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