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Ramanote Arch and Ramanote Peak, AZ
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Ramanote Arch and Ramanote Peak, AZ 
Ramanote Arch and Ramanote Peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 16 2016
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking9.03 Miles 3,665 AEG
Hiking9.03 Miles   8 Hrs   23 Mns   1.17 mph
3,665 ft AEG      41 Mns Break
 
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So there is this girl that has been stomping all over some of my favorite territory in Southern Arizona. If you have been paying attention on HAZ she goes by AZHiker456. Also known as Amy. We exchanged some PM's about doing a hike down that way. Montana Mountain has been on my radar but she suggested Ramanote Arch and Peak.

If you have been wondering if she is real the answer is yes. If you have been wondering if she is a bit nuts the answer is yes. ( I mean you would have to be to do the stuff she does alone down there). :o If you have been wondering if she is a strong hiker I can confirm that the answer to that is also yes!

So apparently she found out about this Arch from a guy named John Montgomery who discovered it and registered it. The Arch is actually quite spectacular and the opening measures roughly 20 feet by 21 feet.

After the arch we hit a handful of unnamed peaks and then headed over to Ramanote Peak. Along the way we would see evidence of immigrant travel. Tuna cans, socks and other leave behinds. Once at Ramanote Peak proper the views in all directions were solid. What was particularly enjoyable for me was seeing Atascosa Peak and Atascosa Lookout from this angle.

Amy had drawn a route back to our starting point but she let me guide the way using the old fashioned method. Line of sight! Using reference points I guided us back without issue.

After I dropped Amy off in Tubac I started my journey home. I was stopped at the Border Patrol check point and asked to pull off to the side. This has never happened to me before so I asked what was going on? They said my car was tagged as a point of interest or something along those lines. They asked where I was coming from and when I told them Ramanote Canyon, Arch and Peak they said "it's not safe in there". I told them I own a couple restaurants and was just looking for some employees. :lol: Somehow they didn't see the humor in my statement. Interestingly one guy had said he had been to the arch before. My guess is that they saw my Cherokee sitting out there for several hours.

In short order they let me go on my way.

Nice meeting you Amy. Solid Hike!
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