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Woolsey PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar May 08 2016
trekkin_gecko
Hiking4.19 Miles 1,982 AEG
Hiking4.19 Miles   3 Hrs   42 Mns   1.62 mph
1,982 ft AEG   1 Hour   7 Mns Break
 
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chumley
johnlp
in our quest for new peaks, john and i have talked about hiking woolsey off and on for a few months
realized we would have one more cool weekend day sunday for an attempt
in reviewing the description and triplogs, noticed this one was on chumley's wish list, so we set it up
thanks todd, for putting together the driving route and driving
my truck would have made it within a half mile of our starting point, with just one rocky little hill in the way
todd also did some research on the best route, which is essentially straight up the north side
got going around 8:15
the first half mile or so is on a rocky two track
after crawling under a fence it's all off-trail
gradual at first, over various sizes of black basalt rock
we took a line to the west and traversed back east on the ascent
a mile in, the route gets steeper, finishing with some scree, bouldering and a couple of scrambles
john and I topped out too far east, with todd taking a more direct line to the summit
there's an odd path along the summit ridge, smoothed out and lined with rocks
nice large summit area, with a benchmark, two reference marks and a summit register
we spent some time admiring the west side views, then took chums' more direct route down a cairned ridge
the steep part of the descent was slow going for me, but the grade soon moderates and eventually flattens out by the time you hit the fence and road
not too much brush, and the scree wasn't too bad, but the black rocks can shift when weighted
i took a hiking pole, which i didn't use on the way up, but did for some of the descent - not sure it was worth carrying
almost 2k aeg in a mile and a half = steep
a fun and challenging peak with good company!
thanks, guys
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