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Big Horn PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2015
trekkin_gecko
Hiking7.26 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking7.26 Miles   5 Hrs      1.89 mph
2,100 ft AEG   1 Hour   9 Mns Break
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big horn is another west side peak that's been on our radar
set out early this morning while still cool
flat warm up and some interesting stuff in the desert on the way to the base of the peak
a rock wall, an old mine house, a couple of what looked like cement spring boxes and a mine, all enclosed by fencing
some random metal junk, too
followed 9l's route, which is excellent
we definitely benefited from the route finding work others have done on this approach
chumley's description and photoset were helpful, too, especially this picture: [ photo ]
a moderate initial ascent, then easier terrain to the steepest part
i went further past the saguaro than denny and john, then thought i could cut up to them
faced a pretty good wall of loose rock to climb, so i had to backtrack, costing us several minutes
aside from that, didn't find anything too sketchy and had fun on the final scramble to the peak
spent quite a while up there looking at the great views, trying to identity other mountains, signing the summit register and taking photos
one cholla ball stuck to the back of my leg - glad i had long pants, but doable in shorts
brought one hiking pole which i found unnecessary on the way up, but useful coming down
i'm always slow on this type of descent
cactus to avoid and some scree, but enough good rock mixed in
finally down to the desert floor and back to the bridge over the canal
loved the peak and would do it again
glad we could find a date for all three of us to do it
thanks, guys - good times! :)
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