|SALT in South Mountain, AZ|
|SALT in South Mountain, AZ|| |
SALT in South Mountain, AZ
|Hiking||5.82 Miles|| 6 Hrs 33 Mns ||2.27 mph|
|1,612 ft AEG|| 3 Hrs 59 Mns Break|
|I just figured out that ….. I haven’t hiked in South Mountain Park in 46 years.
WOW - I better get back in there before another 46 go by !!
I started on E San Juan Rd, took a short-cut to the Alta Trail, then went up Maricopa Peak Trail, to locate a benchmark named “Salt”. All but the last part was easy.
Locating Salt took a bit of doing, as the little disk was buried, somewhere, seven or eight inches below the surface of Maricopa Pk. I knew of the burial from the benchmark’s datasheet.
Alot of measuring, guessing, digging and luck finally unearthed the little guy. Locating the reference marks for Salt BM was easy, but the “RM photo shoot” was tedious, as both of the RMs are right on the edge of the little peak.
One wrong step and a hang glider would be desired.
Why name the benchmark Salt? South Mountain used to be called Salt River Mountains (and known by many other names by various indian tribes).
The first surveyors (1935) hiked up to Maricopa Pk by climbing straight up, from the SE to NW, from what is now known as E San Juan Rd, which is in the valley between the north and south mountain ranges. They left the peak by backtracking down again, to the road.
When I was done on the peak, I too went off trail, straight down toward E San Juan Rd, as the Salt Azimuth Mark was placed in that direction, way down in the valley. It was a short cut to the azimuth location that I don’t recommend. The off trail descent was quite steep and full of loose rocks that tried to make me skate board down the slope. All turned out OK, but I’ll take a trail down next time.
The surveyors placed the azimuth mark about 1/2 mile away and 1,000 feet lower than the benchmark, at the end of a ridgeline that comes down from Maricopa Pk. I located the mark after just a little searching. The azimuth mark wasn’t buried, but it was under a bunch of small little rocks.
From the Salt Azimuth Mark, I ‘hiked-the-road’ back to my TH.
I did this hike on a Friday and started out at 6:30 AM.
I saw no one all day, except some bike riders on the ‘closed-to-cars’ section of E San Juan Rd, as I was getting back to the car.
I guess I shouldn’t wait another 46 years to hike in S. Mtn Park. Heck, maybe I’ll hike there next week.
|Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost|