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Sun Devil Peak and F-84 Plane Crash Dewey, AZ 
Sun Devil Peak and F-84 Plane Crash Dewey, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 05 2016
Peter_Medal
Hiking6.04 Miles 1,699 AEG
Hiking6.04 Miles
1,699 ft AEG3 LBS Pack
 
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This unnamed mountain, has the appearance of a pitchfork. The prominent east-west summit ridge with three forks running from the summit ridge to the north and one fork running from its summit ridge to the south. Pitchfork Peak? Nah... how about Sun Devil Peak. Its summit is 6903'.
The trail starts at the "proposed" Newtown TH which is the border to the Prescott National Forest from a residential neighborhood in Dewey-Humboldt, AZ. There is a small parking area at the "gate" for the Charcoal Gulch Trail #9419 (CGT), TH elevation is 5325'. The CGT appears to be heavily used by Quaders, motorcycles and Equestrians. It was in the low 30's and very windy when we started....snow strategically placed on the north face of everything. Wind chills sucks. We took the CGT for about 1.25 miles before entering into the drainage of the Sun Devil Peak. We followed the drainage which which was combination of bushwacking and boulder hopping. We provided the labor necessary for future hikes to just make it a boulder hop. Frozen water falls, frozen pools of water, lots of snow, we could not get enough of being along this drainage. We passed the center ridgeline and kept checking the GPS for when we had to bank left and onto the ridge to visit the plane wreckage.

We continued in the drainage until is about due south then banked left/east and on up to find the plane wreckage. The photo of the wreckage found (posted on google earth) was not the wreckage we encountered. We stumbled upon a large piece of the wing or tail. Much of the mountain covered in snow and steep sloping we pressed on to get on top of this middle ridge and press our way to summit. The summit views were amazing. Walker (Spruce Mountain & Mount Union towers); Granite Mountain; Prescott; Prescott Dells; Willow Lake; Glassford Hill; Prescott Valley; SF Peaks; Dewey-Humboldt and Mayer. We placed a HAZ summit register in a crevice on the south side of the summit and stumbled upon a little one left by a guy from 2006.

The wind stopped when we hit summit so it was great to relax a bit before making the jaunt down. We noted 3 fire rings on the summit. The descent we took the Northeast ridgeline (the outer north fork). 6.04 miles and 1699' AEG. Good times.
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