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Abineau and Rees Peaks from Abineau Canyon, AZ
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Abineau and Rees Peaks from Abineau Canyon, AZ 
Abineau and Rees Peaks from Abineau Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 09 2015
Jim_H
Hiking10.50 Miles 4,200 AEG
Hiking10.50 Miles   8 Hrs   45 Mns   1.35 mph
4,200 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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For something different and new I opted to try the north side of the Peaks, since I have visited it only once before. I wouldn't recommend my route, but you got to try something, sometimes.

Up Abineau Canyon, hiked a small section of the Waterline RD, then directly up a steep and rocky slope with abundant (ouch!) low hanging branches( without any fruit) to a nice broad ridge that led to peak 11783. Headed briefly towards Humphrey thinking I could tag that, but I was already tired and I guess I am not good off trail at altitude the way I was in the past, so I turned back towards the original plan of Abineau Peak. There were dark clouds over Humphrey and rain showers to the west, so it was fine by me. I had nice views to the north and east, which was what I wanted, anyway.

Over the ridge to grandma's house on Abineau Peak for a nice summit at 11,838 and great views to the north and east. Calm, and mild while there and signing the little peak registry, but cold out flow descended from the west and I layered up to head to Reese. Going down the loose slope towards Reese was a challenge, but after tagging Reese it seemed like cake compared to the horrible landmine strewn slope that I went down. Nearly the same route as Todd in June, except in reverse. Not only was there abundant debris, but I ended up catching on a branch and falling in to a rock slamming my upper tibia into a rock. It hurt, but I managed to stave off death in the wilds of the Peaks before continuing down. At least I didn't fall on the steep rocky slope I ascended!

I took the Waterline Road back to Abineau Canyon as I must have come on to the road just west of the Bear Jaw Trail, which would have been a nice change of scenery and cut some AEG and miles out. I spotted a bear near the bottom. It was so quiet, I heard it snort, and turned back to see it running away.

The knee seemed OK until back in Flag when the swelling set in. Basically, I won't be hitting Bear Mountain today.

I used some existing GPS routes and added in some off trail remotely created tracks. I believe this to be accurate, as I probably cut out some AEG and miles as I had few data points. Not 100% sure, but I think rounding down to 4200' and bumping the miles to 10.5 is close to what I really did.
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