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Mount Tritle via FR 52BPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 24 2016
Hiking5.22 Miles 1,544 AEG
Hiking5.22 Miles   2 Hrs   49 Mns   2.34 mph
1,544 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
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After managing to survive 4 weeks with no hiking, my PT cleared me to "hike" on dirt roads with decent footing and/or trails with excellent footing [basically anything 'not too rocky/uneven' is fair game]... the objective at this point is to simply AVOID twisting my ankle until I am at least 6 weeks post-op. It's safe to say my PT would NOT have approved of the upper part of FR 52B, [which has loose, rocky, uneven footing that is worse than some trails]... but since I managed to avoid twisting my ankle - even during an accidental bushwhack up a steep embankment - all is good. 8)

Driving to the TH from Prescott, there is no sign for Golden Eagle Road, and I mistook the final turn to the parking area for a private drive. After overshooting the turn, I parked just down the road where there was enough room to pull completely off the dirt road around a hairpin turn. Walking back up the road from where I'd parked, there was a sign for Golden Eagle Road pointing directly into the embankment around another hairpin turn, and there appeared to be some definite roads heading up... thus, not even a quarter mile into my 'debut' hike back I find myself on an accidental bushwhack. Mid-way up the embankment, I saw the dirt road ahead and concluded that what I thought was a private was actually the road where I should have parked; [thank gosh, cuz the embankment was steep enough that I was grabbing trees for balance on the way up... I didn't even want to think about what going down would entail]...

Aside from a less than ideal start, the rest of the way to the summit was smooth sailing; [although there were some turns off the main dirt road that are not on the topo; so as straightforward as this route may seem, I'm really glad I uploaded a GPS route for myself ahead of time].

The register Peter had placed on 3/18/16 was located in area that seemed to be the high point and definitely looked like the most 'official' spot on the summit; the only other area in question was very overgrown. I started to explore this other area in search of the other register but decided that, [given how I could not even see my feet], the risk of stepping on a snake, [and/or twisting my ankle], was not worth it.

Peter's register is chock full of goodies for the taking! He also came up with a creative way of logging summit visits: instead of a log book, he left a deck of cards; each person that summits picks a card, signs/dates it, and returns it. If the person summits again, then he/she just adds the new date(s) to his/her card. The way Peter explained it to me, I needed to select an Ace, King, Queen, Jack, or numbered card that had not already been taken. I couldn't resist breaking the rules and selected the Joker. :D

On the return trip, I think I logged one of my slowest down hill miles ever for a dirt road: around 35 minutes. Given how I had to really watch the footing on the way up, I wasn't surprised to find myself INCHING my way down to avoid twisting my ankle. About halfway back, the footing gets MUCH better [and the road also goes uphill for about 1/2 mile]. I was very relieved to log an effortless sub-18 min mile on this section.

Finally, as boring as dirt road hiking may seem, there are also at least 3 things worth checking out on this one for those who like to visit mine sites (I have pics of all 3 which I will upload/geocode later):

1. The Davis Dunkirk Mine, an adit that is listed on the Route Scout topos and also identified by a sign along FR 52B. [ photo ]

2. Another *potential adit that did not appear on Route Scout topo, just off-trail mid-way up [I will be sure to identify it when I upload the photos]; I did not investigate due to the off-trail nature of reaching it: easy under normal conditions but not while 'babying' an ankle. [ photo ]

3. A large wooden structure [ photo ] situated on top of some mine tailings. There is also a dirt road that leads behind this structure, which I plan to investigate in the near future. After passing the structure on the way up, the dirt road is the first one on the right, and it is not shown on the Route Scout topo; only the next right turn [which is the one that leads to Mt. Tritle] was shown. I did not notice until I was on my way back that the dirt road goes right behind the large wooden structure.
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