|The Rincon Battle Axe Butte Loop, AZ|
|The Rincon Battle Axe Butte Loop, AZ|| |
The Rincon Battle Axe Butte Loop, AZ
|Hiking||9.00 Miles|| 6 Hrs 39 Mns ||1.42 mph|
|2,691 ft AEG|| 20 Mns Break||20 LBS Pack|
|Tracey called to tell me she would be leaving work early Friday so I quickly threw together a number of hike possibilities and loaded up the Jeep. We hoped to have enough time for a short hike late Friday but we ran short of time and barely had enough time to set up the tent before sunset. We didn't get to our preferred camp site but the alternate provided an awesome view of the southern face of Battle Axe Butte.
'The Rincon' was my last hike to do in the White Canyon Wilderness mapped area so early Saturday morning that's where we headed. From Battle Axe Road we followed a cow path up to the first ridge and continued following as many cow paths as were available until reaching the eastern ridge of The Rincon. From there we would follow the long arc south and west. My as-yet unspoken to Tracey hope was of reaching Peak 3980 (on my to-do list for Teapot Mountain Quadrangle) or at least as far as the F-100 crash site. But traversing a few of the northern slopes of the northern ridge the constant steep angle was playing havoc with my still-ailing left ankle, which slowed our pace dramatically.
After a short snack break we decided there were too many other areas we'd like to explore to tie up our whole day on this hike, and turned back. Freed from the 'have to reach here' anxieties we began what became a long wandering clockwise loop around Battle Axe and back to our camp.
We caught the GET #3 just below Peak 3260, followed it to Battle Axe Road, on to Walnut Creek where we headed south along the eastern base of Battle Axe Butte and ultimately following Walnut Canyon Road back up to our camp site. Back at camp we took a short rest before setting off for the second of four hikes we will take over the weekend.
We simply could not believe that with such a beautiful area and perfect weather that we would only see two other humans the whole weekend. But then we're quite happy it was the case... all the more to enjoy for ourselves.