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Mount Ajo PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 03 2016
trekkin_gecko
Hiking8.54 Miles 2,900 AEG
Hiking8.54 Miles   6 Hrs   13 Mns   1.86 mph
2,900 ft AEG   1 Hour   38 Mns Break
 
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mt. ajo has been on my wish list for several years
four of us got going a little before 9:00, with angela planning to join us at bull pasture on our way down
up bull pasture trail to a saddle overlooking the pasture
trail conditions were excellent; seems work has been done recently
a cairned and well worn use trail wrapped around the southern end of the pasture
the ascent started soon after, and we came to the steep, loose scree section
not bad going up, but not my favorite thing going down
the grade moderated a bit, as we traversed along a bench, then gained a ridgeline
this part of the hike was pure fun, with good footing, nice views and a breeze up high
one last uphill and we were on the summit
a grand summit, too, with 360 views for miles and plenty of room
signed the register, took a few photos and had some lunch
retraced our route down, then after the slow-going scree section, karl wanted to try to find bull pasture spring
we cut toward it off-trail and looked around the drainage right where a waypoint marked it, but couldn't find any evidence of the spring, other than brighter green vegetation
karl did find a pool of water where the drainage deepens, but not the source
cut across bull pasture to pick up the trail
by now we could see angela at the end of the loop trail, and soon hooked up with her
took estes canyon trail back down
a lot of vegetation along this path - pretty lush for desert hiking
this hike ranks in my top ten, and i would love to do it again
great views throughout, interesting geology, and a nice mix of terrain
good company today, too
thanks, all y'all!
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