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Grand View PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 17 2016
AZHiker456
Hiking1.07 Miles 319 AEG
Hiking1.07 Miles      54 Mns   1.53 mph
319 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
 
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Day 3 (Hike 2) –
Next up was Grand View Peak, which I approached from Chesley Flat. Originally I was planning to take the ridge route that starts up a trail, (described here: [ description ] ), but the topo was not cooperating so rather than waste time trying to find the trail given all I had on the agenda, I opted for the shortest distance approach [from Chesley Flat].

The short trip to the summit of Grand View Peak was brushier than my route to Merrill Peak but I’d still consider the brush factor to be on the mild side; and overall it proved to be another easy and fun bushwhack. Encountering almost no boulders until I reached the summit, I was surprise to read just how much bouldering there is, if opting for the ridge route, ( [ description ] ). Approaching from Chesley Flat, the first leg of this super short bushwhack is crossing the meadow-like area by Chesley Flat [~.15 to .20 miles], followed by the ascent up the SE slope of Grand View [~.25 to .30 miles]. The terrain is soft-dirt throughout, [with some pine-needles on top once you hit the tree line].

Unlike the ridge route which apparently has some nice views en route to the peak, the Chesley Flat approach has no views en route to the peak thanks to the surrounding trees. And will on the topic of views [or lack thereof], there are almost none to be had from the summit either, aside from very small glimpses through the thick tree cover. It seems that every other comment in the summit log makes reference to the irony of the name, ‘Grand View’ and the total lack of views from this peak. To put things in perspective, the few distance views to be had from the summit of Mica Mountain in the Rincons would be considered ‘grand & extraordinary’ relative to the “views” from the summit of Grand View. Nonetheless, I still really enjoyed the short bushwhack to this peak… as I’ve said before, [at least for me], half the fun of peak bagging is about the journey.
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