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New Water Mountain Wilderness, AZ
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New Water Mountain Wilderness, AZ 
New Water Mountain Wilderness, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 23 2016
RedRoxx44
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Just north of the Kofa, within sight of Quartzite and I- 10. You can see an arch on the skyline from the interstate. I decided I wanted to go there. Did some online research, not much going on, not many pictures. Got up in the middle of night, picked up Brian and Charlie in Phoenix, and drove in on one of the north side roads at daybreak. Our chosen road was closed at the wilderness boundary, packs on and up the wide bottomed wash we went. Saw a big horn sheep skull with big curling horns. We took a side canyon up onto rolling hills thinking this would be a piece of cake. Well, the gentle landscape was cut up by some significant basaltic canyons. Up, down and around. We spent some time in a rock hounding heaven of just gorgeous quartz crystals. We saw the arch, Brian chose one route and I another. My route involved scrambling up some pourovers; then I saw a short dark slot, which housed Hidden tank, I suppose for the sheep. We were on a lot of sheep/ deer trails and dung was everywhere. We finally got to the arch, Brian waiting on me. The last pitch was a nice scramble and someone had brought up and installed a cable for part of it that really isn't needed.
There was a register jar for the Eagle Eye Arch, which is about 19 by 19 feet from what I had read. We were the first for 2016, a lot of activity in 2014, not much in 15, overall not a lot of people signing in. Just great views all around. We tried to go off the front side, got cliffed out, then dropped down a ledge level, got cliffed out again, then downclimbed a 25 foot crack and made it off to some more rolling hills and low ledges.
At the car we drove out to sight see. Saw a large buck deer, and a juvenile and doe. They seemed not at all concerned at our presence.
We car camped at a mine area, windy night, then drove around a different way. A lot of roads not on the Topo map, mostly quad traffic out here. We saw no one on Sat, a few people camped about on our different way out on Sun. We drove up a really non used road, then cross countried to a high lone mine tunnel we had seen the previous day. It turned out to be not much but the scenery in a basaltic lined bowl was amazing.

All in all a great place that is certainly worth another visit or two.
Geology
Geology
Chrysocolla Quartz
Culture
Culture
Headframe Mine Shaft
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