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Yellow Peak Hackberry Loop, AZ
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Yellow Peak Hackberry Loop, AZ 
Yellow Peak Hackberry Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 22 2015
trekkin_gecko
Hiking10.56 Miles 1,798 AEG
Hiking10.56 Miles   5 Hrs   21 Mns   2.45 mph
1,798 ft AEG   1 Hour   2 Mns Break
 
1st trip
yellow peak has been on my radar for awhile, especially since so many haz members have been up there recently
john kindly agreed to go with me
got started early before those pesky groups of 15 showed up ;)
second water trail to black mesa trail
found the take off point from the creek using wally's track
several have gone up this way from the southwest, so we just picked the best line and went up
not bad ascending, but can't say as i enjoyed going down the black rock section - too many moving rocks
nice grassy summit area with stellar views of weaver's needle, palomino, black top mesa, battleship, geronimo, malapais and the entire ridgeline
wandered around a bit, signed the entertaining summit register and discussed our route down
john had never been on black mesa trail and wanted to do the hackberry spring loop
we decided to go back to garden valley the way we came
after dropping of yellow peak, took a snack break of the blood oranges john brought and some cashew clusters :)
from garden valley, explored the rock base with the grinding holes and alcove that jack showed me
went around to the arch and climbed up into it
pure luck that i found these things again
backtracked to the trail and went down to first water creek
lots of water flowing, much more that our trip there in november
checked out the spring, then took our time through the scenic narrow section
looked around the ranch, then up and out, back on the road
nice combo, and glad to have been on the summit of yellow peak
weather was perfect, with cool temps, a decent breeze and somewhat overcast skies at times
saw quite a few people once back on the main trails
thanks for the hike, john - another good one
Named place
Named place
Battleship Mountain

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