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Woolsey PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar May 08 2016
chumley
Hiking4.60 Miles 2,022 AEG
Hiking4.60 Miles   3 Hrs   41 Mns   1.82 mph
2,022 ft AEG   1 Hour   9 Mns Break
 
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I don't utilize the HAZ "wish list" function very often, so I was a little surprised when I got a PM asking if I wanted to hike Woolsey. I mean, of course I do, but what an oddly random question! Except apparently I had put this on my list at some point! Who knew!?

I did some research on the various routes people have climbed this peak with as well as trying to put together the best driving route to get there. Simple map research shows that the easiest climb is along the southeast ridge, but getting there is a problem. There's no access from the south due to the Wilderness. You can drive to Woolsey Spring on the west side, but no farther. That would be a longer drive, and a longer hike. And it seems a bunch of others had accomplished the hike directly up the north slope, so that's what I decided made the most sense.

We started our hike about 6/10th of a mile early because I thought the road leading toward the mountain was in the wilderness, but apparently it's an exempt road so we could have shaved a bit off the start and finish of our hike. No biggie. Just a note for anybody else heading out that way.

I had read some beta about heading for the saddle between Woolsey and Peak 2030 on the northwest slope, and that's what we did. Only later did we realize that was totally unnecessary as we headed back to the direct north slope anyway. From here it was up to the top of a conical shaped lava rock boulder field. From there we headed left, and eventually I cut back to the right a bit and climbed a nice ridge. This proved to be the best route, and it was confirmed by occasional cairns. I topped out a bit west of where John and Kelly did, but we all meandered over to the benchmark and were saddened to learn we had climbed the wrong peak. ;)

Not long after we headed back down, all of us together on the ridge route I had taken up. Once on the conical boulder scree we took a more direct route to the road and truck, staying above a drainage we didn't want to cross again. There's a barbed wire fence you'll have to get under, but we found good places to cross both up and down.

Thanks for the invite! Great to hike with LP and Gecko again!

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