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Upper Lime Creek - East Cedar Mountain Loop, AZ
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Upper Lime Creek - East Cedar Mountain Loop, AZ 
Upper Lime Creek - East Cedar Mountain Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 22 2015
joebartels
Hiking14.30 Miles 4,074 AEG
Hiking14.30 Miles   11 Hrs   22 Mns   1.43 mph
4,074 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break
 
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The game plan was West and East Cedar Mountain peaks. I wasn't yippie skippy excited about my proposed hike. Bruce cut it down to a sensible size. The rest we learned along the way...

7am
Darn chilly heading down Upper Lime Creek dressed for a heatwave. The first mile rolled off quick. The second was an unexpected heaping serving of Autumn bliss. An intermittent yet obviously perennial flow made it clear water equals life. Like two excited kids we started babbling nonsense. We could change this hike and make it outstanding.

2.10 mi - 8:24 am
How much further in this stupid creek. 1.5 miles.

3.70 mi - 9:36 am
Fenix vibrates we are off track. YES, time to leave the creek! Ugh, a mile of catclaw.

7.05 mi - 12:20 pm
Reached the first peak, roughly 5410, on the SE ridge of East Cedar Mountain. Time to start rethinking our loop. Whoa, put that on the backburner, incredible view alert. The ridge to the peak was 40% ankle busters hidden in grass. 40% dark volcanic rock hopping. 10% catclaw. 10% rock art. Much of which Bruce dubbed early pioneer.

8.00 mi - 1:20 pm
Lunched at what is marked on topo as WC in the shade of a boulder. We had a showcase view of North Peak over to Mazzie Peak. Other stand out performers included Four Peaks, Weaver's Needle and Humphreys capped in snow. After a 25m lunch we picked up nearby 5445 which seems to be the summit.

9.80 mi - 3:15 pm
We'd already scratched off West Cedar peak. 4-6 hours to go with 2 hours of daylight. Catclaw was laughing at our shorts. We seriously reviewed our options. 1% skill and 99% luck had us on a road before headlamps sealed the deal. Temps dropped quick over that 1.3 mile stroll.

14.3 mi - 6:20 pm
Glad I went. Glad it's over.

Synopsis
A few hours later I'm digging it more. Feels great. A little bit of the explorer spirit revived. This morning I held a pair of pants in contemplation...
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Meteorology
Autumn - Color Foliage
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Upper Lime Creek Heavy flow Heavy flow
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