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9 by photographer avatarJim_H
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Harquahala SummitSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 21 2016
Jim_H
Hiking10.20 Miles 3,380 AEG
Hiking10.20 Miles   4 Hrs   5 Mns   2.50 mph
3,380 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
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The positive's: I was able to move quickly, I have another desert summit under my belt, and I enjoyed some (overcast) views of features from Castle Dome to the Four Peaks, and a lot in between. I had the summit to myself, and it was very quiet, despite the road and evidence of it's popularity on weekends.

Negative's: I found the gray, drab and shrubby nature of the mountain to be unappealing, often ugly except for the Saguaros down low, and the overcast may have made this more so. I would have preferred a sunny day. It took forever to get to it, and I almost could have gone to the Kofa. There isn't much life out here, despite the pamphlet for mountain lion awareness. Very few birds, and this made the gray day seem that much more dead.

Conclusion: Compared to Big Horn which I want to hike again this season or in the Spring, I won't revisit this for a while. It isn't bad, but even though I enjoyed the summit, I feel there are better hikes that are easier to drive to.
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