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Amethyst Peak 7524Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 05 2016
jacobemerick
Hiking9.70 Miles 3,300 AEG
Hiking9.70 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   2.16 mph
3,300 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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This was a half-serious Mother Lode attempt, more on testing out some approaches and exploring Sister Peak.

Spent the night near the overflow lot. Ridiculous views of the sunset up there, worth the extra wind exposure. Started on the trail at five to forty-odd degree temps, made it to the saddle at six and the mine area a short time after. Recent maintenance on Amethyst Trail was much appreciated, it was really easy to follow in the predawn light. Plan was to make it up the chute for a late sunrise... ha ha ha. Didn't reach Amethyst Peak until eight. Ugh. I really hate that chute, especially when it's damp and slippery from yesterday's rain. Made the mistake of hanging to the left too long and had to do an annoyingly tricky swing over the ridge to get back to the right chute and back to crawling under the undergrowth. Final climb up Amethyst was a joy compared to the chute. Hung out on the summit and ate second-breakfast before taking the more direct route down to the divots, stumbling around them for a bit, and then starting my way up Sister's. Made it 3/4s of the way up when GPS died. Turned around and headed back down that gol' darned chute, returning to the overflow lot a bit before noon.

Lessons learned:
- spending the night near the trailhead > spending the night on the saddle. less gear to worry about, better rest, etc.
- the trailhead itself was stupid crowded. at least three groups camping in the parking lot, including a bunch of cots that were literally set up on the first few yards of trail. didn't feel too bad about tromping through them all with my bright headlamp.
- trail up to saddle was more fun in the dark. spices things up a bit, and the views are great under starlight.
- have heard that 4321 is easier, but climbing up the chute to Amethyst took a lot out. either need to pace myself better, re-focus for 1234, or just be a better person.
- had the perfect amount of gear for the 'Lode. except for extra GPS batteries, anyways.
- GPS tracks helped a ton w/ route-finding. feel much better about the 'Lode than I did after my last visit.
- next attempt needs to have zero time constraints. in October I was worried about getting back to my hiking partners in time, this time was worried about making it back for a double-date in san tan. when I (eventually) get this knocked out it needs to be slow/careful.

Oh, and in the spirit of FOTG's hiking music, I had "Love Kernels" by Rachel Bloom stuck in my head. All day. Far too catchy of a tune.
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