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Sacaton Peak 2755
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2016-04-26  
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Sacaton Peak 2755Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 26 2016
chumley
Hiking3.25 Miles 1,291 AEG
Hiking3.25 Miles   2 Hrs   29 Mns   1.63 mph
1,291 ft AEG      29 Mns Break
 
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North Mountain Park is really a little gem in Casa Grande. While there, I looked up at Sacaton Peak and decided it would be a fun summit.

I made a quick map plan and thought the ridge would be a good ascent. As I approached, the drainage looked better, and turned out to be perfect. Not overgrown, and a few short scrambles, but otherwise the ideal route.

Nearing the top, two vehicles drove by on the road. I continued my ascent to the peak and then cut back down to the lower area with all the towers and had a brief chat with the utility workers who were doing some maintenance. For the descent, I headed down the road a bit and then traversed a super fun ridge line to the west. This was the highlight of the mountain until the very last section where it dropped quite steeply on a slope replete with cholla. Despite my best efforts, I ended up with a cuddly teddy bear hugging my leg. ](*,)

A few minutes later I was on my way again, back to the truck with no further prickly incidents.

Normally you should get some outstanding views from up here, but yesterday's crazy wind (which didn't really die down much today) made visibility basically nil. I could barely see San Tan Mountain from the summit, 11 miles away. Newman, 25 miles away was fully obscured by dust in the air. :o

This one has been on the radar for a while. It's just such a prominent little bump in the desert that you see so clearly as you pass on I-10. High point in the Sacaton Mountains: check! :)
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