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2016-03-24  
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SPUR in Estrellas-Success, AZ
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SPUR in Estrellas-Success, AZ 
SPUR in Estrellas-Success, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 24 2016
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking4.65 Miles 1,696 AEG
Hiking4.65 Miles   6 Hrs   35 Mns   2.07 mph
1,696 ft AEG   4 Hrs   20 Mns Break
 
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I did this hike the day after my aborted attempt. (Leaking hydration reservoir).
I again, started out from Rainbow Valley, just west of the Sierra Estrella Mountains.

SPUR Triangulation Station (1936) was placed on a mountain peak in the Sierra Estrella Mountains, on a “spur” of the long, Sierra Estrella main ridgeline (ergo the name of the benchmark). I had a great view of the entire mountain range from the benchmark peak.
Out of curiosity, I had downloaded JuanJaimeiii’s tracks of his Sierra Estrella ridgeline marathon hikes, and got an up-close look at how tough those hikes must have been.

I used a steep wash to start my climb, and then transitioned to a scree-filled mountainside.
Close to the top, I chose to ‘go-to-the-right’ of some vertical boulders.
Wrong move - I had to deal with a good amount of exposer and alot of loose rock, before getting to the tiny top of this peak.

All three NGS survey disks (Spur benchmark and its two reference marks) are in good shape, with just the normal weathering of being on a mountain top for 80 years. I don’t think this peak is visited very much. Wood, wires and alot of nails, all from the Height of Light, are strewn all around the tiny top. From the top, you can see all of Rainbow Valley to the west. That valley is as flat as a pancake.

I chose a totally different route down and had no problem. It’s so much easier to evaluate and choose a bushwhack route ‘down’, as opposed to up. I used two steep, boulder filled washes to get back down to Rainbow Valley.
Once off the mountain, I passed beside the “knoll” that Spur Azimuth Mark was placed, just before reaching the “flats”. (Quotes around the words used by the surveyors in 1936).
I had located Spur Azimuth Mark on my aborted hike yesterday.

Some cactus in Rainbow Valley are starting to ‘flower-up’. It makes for a good contrast to what is normally a rather, drab looking valley.

I’m glad I went back and did the whole planned hike, even if it was a 130 mile drive round trip, each day. Yep - I have to buy a gas station.
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