|Peaks & AZT #17 Views, AZ|
|Peaks & AZT #17 Views, AZ|| |
Peaks & AZT #17 Views, AZ
|Hiking||1.70 Miles|| 1 Hour 48 Mns ||0.96 mph|
|692 ft AEG|| 2 Mns Break||20 LBS Pack|
||no linked trail guides|
|Not much sleep with the heavy base 'music' pounding so we weren't in too big a hurry to get moving. After breakfast we packed up and drove about a mile to where we would begin our first hike of the day.
(We planned on bagging a few other peaks later but would skip it and head home to avoid the worst of the Renaissance Festival traffic.)
We had no specific plans on where we were going to hike other than get a view of the area above Martinez Canyon. We did that and were headed toward the summit of Peak 4020, which I had climbed back in July 2012, but when I remembered how bad the last half mile was we decided we'd begin our counter-clockwise loop.
On the way down the eastern slope we spotted something shiny 3/4 the way up the peak across the canyon from us... the unnumbered peak with an elevation of 3952. With as many Mylar balloons as we encounter, Tracey figured that's what it was. But if you know me... anything shiny must be followed up on close and personal. It turned out to be a remnant of an emergency space blanket, just like the one residing in my CamelBak, albeit mine is in unused condition.
Nothing more to see... moving on. We headed up to the summit where I would shoot a panorama video including an overview of the southern end of Arizona Trail #17.
2:43 - Panorama from Peak 3952 with AZT #17 views
A little bit more wandering before descending back to the Jeep and began the rough drive out. The first 1/4 mile included a steep descent along a hairy section of an ATV track... where the side of the slope gave way under the left front wheel and we almost took a couple-hundred-foot plunge.
Luckily I stopped before the rear wheel dropped as well. With nothing close by to anchor the winch to, I just engaged both lockers and hit the gas in reverse. At first the front slid farther down but managed to get it above the edge.
Whew! Safe for the moment.
But we still need to pass that spot to get out. So I unlocked the front to allow it to steer better, aimed up the right bank then hit the gas and prayed.
We made it by... and from there on Tracey wouldn't let me even get close to the soft edge. Not that I had ever planned to.
With both of us a little bit rattled, we happened upon another Gila Monster, which quickly too our thoughts away from the previous danger. Although I saw it and stopped a good hundred feet from it, by time I got out with my camera it was already heading for the brush. You can catch maybe 8 seconds of it on video at the end of the Peak 3952 video linked above.
The only drama to come was while we were driving back out to Superior on Telegraph Canyon Road. Usually the shooters are in the gravel pits or across from there, but this time they were shooting ACROSS Telegraph Canyon Road!!
Thankfully they saw/heard us coming and stopped while we passed by. I simply CANNOT believe the idiots on the loose with guns nowadays!
Good thing I didn't have a gun or I might have shot back at them...