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Frustum Hunting Out West, AZ
mini location map2016-10-28
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Frustum Hunting Out West, AZ 
Frustum Hunting Out West, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 28 2016
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking4.85 Miles 109 AEG
Hiking4.85 Miles   4 Hrs   11 Mns   2.20 mph
109 ft AEG   1 Hour   59 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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The goal today was to locate two benchmarks and two boundary markers (frustum shaped).
All four were set in place in 1924 and the BMs were set in conjunction with determining the county border between Maricopa & Yavapai Counties.

This hike was about 15 miles west of Wickenburg, in what has to be the flattest desert I’ve encountered while searching for these boundary markers. With only one exception, all the rest of the frustums further west are in this same type of flat, desert terrain.
I compare hiking around in this flat, “It All Looks The-Same” desert terrain to attempting to find your way out of a huge corn field. With a cloud cover (no sun position), and no compass/GPS, it would be very easy to get totally, directionally confused. Long live my compass and GPS !!

The first Benchmark I attempted to locate (Divide BM 1924), was a lost cause from the beginning, as even surveyors, way back in 1984 couldn’t find it. I bet it’s there, but out of sight, buried under loads of sandy soil. There are pack rat middens all over this area also, so I didn’t “dig” too much before moving on.

The next item to locate was boundary marker #7. It was an easy find, but the Maricopa plaque side of the three sided frustum, was hard to photograph, as the frustum is ensconced in a barbed wire fence. I finally ‘jumped the fence’ and got a good photo of the Maricopa plaque.
HA - What a surprise the surveyors left for me. Check out the photo of the Maricopa plaque, and give out a chuckle.

Next up, hike through the “It all looks the same” desert, and locate Corral BM and boundary marker #6. Both were in great shape, about a quarter mile from each other.

The trek back to the TH was uneventful, except for coming across a ‘pipeline survey’ crew. They were out in the middle of nowhere (like me), stringing magic survey wire that they could ‘read’ with their survey instruments back in their ATV.

This was a fun walk in the flat desert, finding some 92 year old ‘Arizona culture’.
The fact that the three ‘culture' items I located were in excellent condition, was a bonus.
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