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Peak 6202 - Rock House Quad, AZ
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Peak 6202 - Rock House Quad, AZ 
Peak 6202 - Rock House Quad, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 03 2016
CannondaleKid
Hiking2.80 Miles 870 AEG
Hiking2.80 Miles   2 Hrs   12 Mns   1.31 mph
870 ft AEG      4 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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Although originally planned as the third hike over Labor Day weekend, it would become the first of six hikes.

The original plan for today was to bag Brush Benchmark then ascend as far up Gunsight Butte as possible then drive farther to our prospective campsite along FR 2852 near Pendleton Mesa.

However, as rough and time-consuming the drive was out on FR 202 from Cherry Creek Road (FR 203) we began to wonder just how long it would take to drive to our campsite after the Gunsight Butte hike. Not wishing to choose a spot & set up in the dark we decided to make a change on-the-fly and continue on to our camp.

It turned out the extra 8 miles would take just over an hour. We found a reasonably good campsite within a hundred yards of where I had set a waypoint and quickly set up our tents and set off on our ascent of Peak 6202, which was originally scheduled as our third hike.

It turned out to be easier than expected, first continuing on FR 2852 as far as Middle Tank, then turning southeast to begin the ascent. It was steep but made easy enough by following elk and cattle trails as they zig-zagged up the slope.

Once we reached the ridge southwestern ridge we got our first taste of the awesome views... looking down to the wide, green, grassy expanse of Pendleton Mesa we decided after the hike we would move our camp out onto the mesa.

Turning east upward toward the summit the going got tougher due to very thick holly and manzanita. We found the best thing to do was to balance the route between thick brush and the rocky out-crops along the cliffs.

Although the vegetation around the summit blocked most of the views, the views to be had were well worth the climb. At the summit I took a quick pan of photos and video then we headed northeast toward the saddle before cutting back down to FR 2852 and back to camp.

Peak 6202 summit panorama

Upon arriving at camp we pulled-up stakes, just throwing everything haphazardly into the Jeep and drove two miles farther on FR 2852 to our new campsite.
It only took 52 minutes to drive the two miles... another rough drive! :bdh:

During the drive we encountered the largest white-tailed buck I'd ever seen but with everything thrown into the Jeep neither of us had camera or phone at hand for a photo. :-({|=

(On Monday morning I would take a photo of what may have been the same buck far across the mesa from our campsite but unfortunately at full zoom just before sunrise it was too dark for the photo to turn out.) :whistle:
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