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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
rayhuston
Hiking3.60 Miles 1,716 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles   4 Hrs   26 Mns   0.88 mph
1,716 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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I've always enjoyed reading about Mark's adventures, so I asked if I could tag along with him on one. For Mark, this hike was unfinished business - adding a couple of peaks that he missed out on a few weeks back. For me, this was a chance to meet and hike with Mark while learning some skills from someone who spends most of his time off the beaten path. And, to be honest, I wanted a ride in that Jeep!

My first lesson was better protection from the sun and suitable attire for bushwhacking. Mark's clothing was practically indestructible, perfect for plowing through thick and thorny vegetation while providing full protection from the sun. Mine was neither - I came away a bit bloodied and slightly sunburned. Mark was unscathed.

What we thought was going to be a warm day in the high 80's turned out to be a hot day in the mid-90's. I had too much exposed skin and was feeling the heat, so I asked if we could skip the second peak. We took an alternate route back, taking the path of least resistance, following some cow paths, bushwhacking occasionally, until we reached a wash close to where we parked. The wash led us quickly to the road we parked on and the Jeep a few minutes later.

It's not always the quantity of miles that can kick your butt. Less than four miles of rough, off trail hiking on steep terrain had me hot and tired, glad to be done. Mark looked like he was ready to go back and bag that second peak!

The ride home was a treat. I've been on a thousand dirt roads, but I never would have driven on a couple of the "forest roads" we hit after leaving the trailhead. Mark had been on most of them, but there was a section he hadn't been on that would connect us with the Pinal Mountains and a trip back through Globe. Off we went, and what a joy. I felt like a little kid as we easily made our way over sections of road that would have had me turning the other way, 4X4 or not.

Mark, thanks for a most enjoyable day. I'm sorry you missed out on that second peak, but I had a great time, both hiking and on the rides too and from. Let's do it again!
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