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Peak 5058 - El Capitan Quad, AZ
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Peak 5058 - El Capitan Quad, AZ 
Peak 5058 - El Capitan Quad, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 19 2015
Hiking3.60 Miles 1,716 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles   4 Hrs   26 Mns   0.88 mph
1,716 ft AEG      20 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
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Ray and I got an early start leaving Mesa at 5 am hoping to beat the heat. 2-1/2 hours later we were ready to hit the trail... more accurately the off-trail.

After a quick scan of the terrain we set off on the steep climb along various cow-paths until they ended and we were on our own. After a bit of zig-zagging we reached a barbed-wire fence which presented our first challenge, but we managed to scrape underneath it and begin the final push to the summit.

With nice views all around I took my usual pan photos and video and we set off toward the second planned peak for the day, Peak 4540. About halfway between the two peaks we stopped to take a break, grab a bite to eat and mull over whether to continue or not. It appeared it may take as much or possibly even more of an effort than we already had expended to reach the summit and the temperature was already passing 95°, so we decided to skip Peak 4540.

But now, what do we do? Retrace most of our route back to the Jeep, or continue up to a ridge and hope to make it a loop back. We continued up to take a look but found it was a bit too steep so we continued farther up the ridge until locating a cow path/game trail across the slope which brought us across some terrain we wouldn't otherwise want to pass through. And we were back to the same fence, albeit almost a thousand feet and a half-mile from where we passed through it earlier. But this time we located a gate, which took us working together to open and pass through. From that point on we just followed fresh cow paths and worked our way back to the Jeep.

for the return trip, rather than retrace our drive back down to Dripping Springs Road, we continued north hoping to find a connection to reach the road I knew went all the way up to Signal Peak.

We found the connection, which was a bit nasty with some deep ruts, but seeing a recent tracks of a side-by-side ATV, that was good enough for me and it worked out fine. The road up to Signal Peak was the best I have ever experienced, as it appeared a Caterpillar have graded much of the road. Once up to FR651 we took a short jaunt over toward Madera Peak for some photos of the area to the south, then headed back down to Claypool/Miami for the drive back home.

6 hours of driving for a 4-1/2 hour hike... but it was all enjoyable and I had a great time with Ray.

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Peak 5058 Summit Panorama
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