|Rockinstraw Mountain and ROCK, AZ|
|Rockinstraw Mountain and ROCK, AZ|| |
Rockinstraw Mountain and ROCK, AZ
|Hiking||1.64 Miles|| 3 Hrs 10 Mns ||1.82 mph|
|700 ft AEG|| 2 Hrs 16 Mns Break|
|Well, my curiosity got the better of me again, so off I go up another mountain, in search of something no one has mentioned in a triplog or displayed in a photoset. The last time I got curious, I found nothing. Maybe this hike will be different.
Rockinstraw Mtn is north of Globe and east of Hwy 188, and has been visited by only a few HAZers, but the summit log verifies the mountain gets alot of action.
There are two distinct GPS tracks on HAZ, to the top. One track has its TH on the east side of the mountain, and is easy to get to in any car. The other track has its TH on the west side of Rockinstraw. (Cannondalekid was the pioneer for the west side TH).
The west TH is not easy to get to, as the last 1.8 miles of travel is down a road (I use the word ‘road’ loosely) that only a few types of vehicles should attempt.
I chose the west TH, thinking if I can’t use the road, I’ll just hike the road to the actual ‘west-side’ TH and go up the mountain.
As it turned out, I was able to drive to the west trailhead, however I had to stop a half dozen times to clear vegetation from this skinny, eroded, ‘path’ of a road. In one area, two catclaw plants had limbs meeting in the middle of this rarely used - excuse for a road. In another area, due to severe erosion, I left the road, clearing an area around a tree and then hooked up with the road again. Oh, what fun !!
(Read Grasshopper’s ‘triplog note’ about this road, on his (10 Feb 2014) ’western’ TH hike for more info.)
The drive was more of an adventure than the hike!!
Back to the hike and my curiosity.
HAZ triplogs and photosets had info on a Forest Service benchmark named Rockinstraw, atop the mountain. That’s good.
One triplog mentioned two USGS reference marks located up there. That’s also good.
However, those two RMs are for a different benchmark, specifically a USGS benchmark named ‘Rock’. (not to be confused with the Forest Service BM ‘Rockinstraw’).
No one mentioned or had a photo of the actual USGS benchmark, ‘Rock’, that goes along with those two located RMs.
Where’s the actual USGS ‘Rock’ benchmark disk? Is it still up there, hiding?
Or is it in some vandal’s garage, or mantel, or sock drawer?
The high point has a large rock pile. In the rock pile is a summit log. Three feet away from the rock pile, in plain sight, is the Forest Service disk, Rockinstraw. (1935) - You can’t miss it.
And ….. Waaaay UNDER that rock pile is ….. USGS Triangulation Station disk Rock(1948).
It’s alive and well and has probably been hiding under the rocks for years. De-rocking the pile solved the mystery.
Other interesting items on the peak include a tall, skinny rock cairn, and a very large wooden cross, both near the south edge of this ridge/peak.
The wooden cross is visible, with a zoom, from the road below.
I signed the summit log, took a zillion photos, said ‘good-bye’ to Rock BM, then re-built the rock pile. If you want to visit Rock BM, you’ll have to ‘de-rock’ the pile again.
Finally, I hiked off the mountain, and resumed my driving adventure, down that ‘road-of-roads’.
Well, I drove over 150 miles (round trip) to hike less than 2 miles (round trip) to look for a little disk named ‘Rock’. Plus I had to endure an ‘e-ticket’ ride down a baaaad road.
No wonder I hike solo 95% of the time.
|Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost|