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Montezuma Peak Summit 4354Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 20 2015
friendofThundergod
Hiking3.83 Miles 2,730 AEG
Hiking3.83 Miles   3 Hrs   23 Mns   1.34 mph
2,730 ft AEG      32 Mns Break
 
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JJ suggested we do Montezuma Peak a few weeks back, because he thought it may be, "up my alley." He was right! My type of peak and hike. A nice challenging rugged scramble with some history near the bottom.

The legs may have been slightly fatigued from Quartz, but we still seemed to knock out the predominantly off trail scramble/climb pretty quickly and without any issue. The climb reminded me of something on the lines of Flat Iron, or Picket Post, but before there were trails there. After that it was a few minutes debating unnecessary risks versus the less direct stroll to the top. The less direct won over and we were on the summit. A register with far fewer names than Quartz, but a worthy peak nonetheless. There were some tremendous views of the entire Sierra Estrella range, complemented by a full 360 degree views of the entire surrounding area and great views to the south as you come down the drainage that serves as the off-trail route.

It was a tad bit of a knee jarring, slipping and sliding, branch grasping, ground cursing ride back down the wash, but we made it in one piece. I then experienced nearly the exact same knee jarring, slipping and sliding, door handle grasping, ground cursing experience in the passenger seat of JJ's jeep, as we made our way rather quickly back to the pavement.
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