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Elephant Mountain Summit /24th St, AZ
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Elephant Mountain Summit /24th St, AZ 
Elephant Mountain Summit /24th St, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 09 2015
Droog
Hiking7.10 Miles 1,802 AEG
Hiking7.10 Miles   3 Hrs   58 Mns   2.07 mph
1,802 ft AEG      32 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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We started early but not early enough. On the way to the "trailhead" we saw a pretty nice sized bobcat trolling between houses in a wash which I took as a good sign (bet there is no feral cat problem in their neighborhood). We made it through the gate and past the corral where we parked as the road was a bit much for street tires. Armed with my hunting license (State trust land for a mile or so) we were on our way.

On the way to the foot of the mountain we came across two Horned toads. Cute little guys. All my hiking and this year I have seen my first and pretty at least one on every hike. It helps to keep a keen eye out I guess. The way up is way easier from this side even if there really is no trail.

Very little shade on the way up and less so once you gain some elevation. I was on the lookout for 'glyphs but we only spotted a small one near the summit. I wasn't able to stomach the summit from the other side but this way is much easier plus I think my fear of cartoon tumbling down a mountain into a puff of smoke is starting to subside.

We didn't spend a whole lot of time at the top because of the flying ants that started to swarm. On the way back down we did find several cairns along the ridgeline. I didn't see anymore 'glyphs but there was a good line of site to at least 4 other ancient settlements, most of which I have explored. I ran out of water about .8 miles away from the truck so I really gotta remember the Gatorade next time or bring my extra 2 liter bag. It is not like the weight is that much and better safe than sorry. I might make it out this way again to explore some more when it gets cooler out.
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