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Peak 9910 - White Mountains, AZ
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Peak 9910 - White Mountains, AZ 
Peak 9910 - White Mountains, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 02 2016
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking4.60 Miles 3 AEG
Hiking4.60 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   1.97 mph
3 ft AEG12 LBS Pack
 
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This was a short loop hike out of our Labor Day Weekend family camp before the family showed up. Peak 9910 is the peak of the tree island on the SW side of Greens Peak. The hike started out in the dense forest of spruce, Douglas fir, pine and aspen on the north side of the tree island. Old logging skid trails and trails left by elk and cattle make bushwhacking fairly easy with some routing around fallen trees. This was my second attempt to reach the top of the peak in two days. The day before I had to abort when a thunderstorm moved in and started throwing lightning around. Nearing the peak, the forest opens up to a grass covered meadow with scattered wild flowers covering the southwest top of the peak. The open top makes for nice views. I was surprised to find a peak register bottle laying on the ground and then spotted the cairn about 30 ft away. There are many knolls/peaks in this area so I wondered what made this one special enough to have a peak register. There were lots of names in the register but none that I recognized although I know some HAZers have been here. The earliest decipherable register was in the early 1990s and the latest in 2015.

After reaching the peak I walked down the open south east side and followed the edge of the forest around to the east side. The scattered groves of Aspen trees and secluded meadows hidden just back from the forest edge were a scenic treat. I connected up with an old forest road which cuts through the forest on the north east side of the peak. Was pleased to find a nice pile of split Spruce firewood laying by the road and decided to drive back with the FJ and load some up for use at camp. I would see several caches of split Spruce along this road. Maybe a firewood cutter had planned to let it cure a while then come back and pick it up. But I preferred to think Chumley had been here doing his good deed of leaving firewood for other campers. Got back to camp in plenty of time to make the firewood run, finish setting up the camp kitchen, and read a chapter in my book before the family started showing up at sunset.
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