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Bigelow PeakPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 03 2016
AZHiker456
Hiking3.38 Miles 1,045 AEG
Hiking3.38 Miles   2 Hrs   26 Mns   1.61 mph
1,045 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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Knowing how I’ve been on a peak bagging frenzy lately, Peter treated me to this short but awesome bushwhack to the summit of Bigelow Peak. This peak is the perfect little leg-stretcher / ‘tack-on’ type of thing to spice up your itinerary if you’re staying in or passing through the area. For such a little peak, [relative to the many other 7,000’ers in the area], the summit views are pretty awesome; definitely as good if not better than some of the bigger peaks. And being able to turn this into a figure 8 type of loop added variety and fun.

We parked in a small pullout off Walker Road and headed toward the peak. Toward the beginning, we had the option of staying in a drainage or heading up a small ridge. Full of energy after several hours of driving, I convinced Peter to take the ridge approach, despite the potential for losing some elevation gain [which luckily turned out to be negligible]. There were a few brushy spots en route to the summit, but the going was very smooth for most of the way.

Our approach dumped us out on the Eastern peak of the summit, so we bushwhacked over to next peak to the West, which was the highpoint. Short on daylight, we decided on a more direct route back by heading down from the highpoint instead of doing an out and back. This also allowed us to check out the slope of the mountain with a nice rock outcropping that we spotted earlier as we approached. We had fun going down the chute like crack between the large rocks; [however, for those not keen on bouldering, the rock outcroppings can easily be skirted].

Next, we intersected with our ascent tracks around the small ridge we had taken in the beginning. This time we headed down into the drainage instead of back onto the ridge, which had even less brush than the ridge and be a nice fast way back. Our little bushwhack to Bigelow Peak proved to be a sweet start to my extended weekend of awesome hiking/peak bagging.
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