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Picacho Four, AZ
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Picacho Four, AZ 
Picacho Four, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 25 2016
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking4.07 Miles 637 AEG
Hiking4.07 Miles   4 Hrs   36 Mns   2.00 mph
637 ft AEG   2 Hrs   34 Mns Break
 
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The day after my “Thanksgiving in Marana”, my relatives were running around stores on ‘Black Friday’. I chose Black Friday to hike around the desert in an attempt to locate some, not-so-black, little things placed in boulders.
I drove up the road a bit to the Picacho State Park area, to locate four little Picacho named disks.

Picacho Benchmark is on Peak 2230, just outside the park. Peak 2230 is about 2 miles W-SW of the notable Picacho Peak, and loosely part of the same overall mountain group. The top of Peak 2230 is narrow, with most of its surface made up of very cracked, fractured rock. The climb up and down the little mountain has very little vegetation, but does have alot of challenging scree to deal with.
The actual benchmark disk was laying on the peak, right next to its drill hole. As mentioned, the rock up there is very fractured. The disk stem must have popped out of the decaying mountain. I put some little ‘rock-shims’ on the sides of the hole and drove the disk back into place, then gave it a twist. Hopefully, that will hold it in place. I bring alot of stuff on these hikes, but I don’t bring a cement mix.

I almost had to name this hike, ‘Picacho Three’, as I had a hard time locating the azimuth mark. The information on the datasheet was very misleading. The datasheet states, the azimuth location as “120 FEET AND SE (135 degrees) OF THE FORK IN THE TRACK ROAD”. I’m very aware that info is a surveyor’s guesstimate. I broadened my search area and finally located the disk (from the ’fork’) at about 290 Ft on a 170 degree line.
Now, locating that little guy made my Black Friday a success.

This was a fun little holiday hike that left time for me to get back to Marana, and join in on left-over turkey.
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