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Aylor's ArchPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 03 2016
Hiking10.30 Miles 1,790 AEG
Hiking10.30 Miles   5 Hrs   52 Mns   1.92 mph
1,790 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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I have been wanting to head up to Palomino Butte for a while. The last time I was in the area was in July when I did Black Top Mesa. That was a tough one in the heat. The weather has turned and I decided to give this place a go.

I started out of First Water T/H about 530am. It was chilly, but not too bad once I started moving. It was headlamping up until I made the top of Parker Pass. The sky was completely clear and I started seeing the glow of the sunrise when I was heading down. Weavers Needle made a nice appearance as I made my way to the "turn off".

I was following the "official" gps track for this trail, so once I hit the intersection of the Lost Dutchman and Black Mesa, I hung a right. The track was a little confusing at first, but I could see my "target" so I just kept going. I finally made it on to the Little Boulder Creek bed and started looking for the path for the way up.

I was pleasantly surprised by the cairns that guided me all the way to the top. Once you make it to the "turn-off", you can see the Arch at the top. The path up was steep with lots of nasty loose rocks and thorny bits, but I was expecting that after reading the triplogs here on HAZ. It was short, but steep.

I could see the sun painting the top as I grew closer to the top. Once I made it up, it was a quick left turn up to the mailbox/register. I noticed right off that the top is not a nice flat surface, but a series of ridges and outcrops. I spent about an hour exploring the top. There's a little scrambling and a few scary parts. The ridge that the arch is on is really narrow. I made it out "almost" to the arch, but decided it would be better to continue living, rather than make it out all the way.

The views up top were exceptional. With the clear skies this morning, I got a pretty nice panoramic view of the entire area. Weavers Needle was awesome sitting below the sun for sure.

The hike down was a "little" easier than the climb up. I made my way down to the creek and followed that until I turned off to get back onto the Lost Dutchman. I saw no other fellow hikers on the way out, but there was a nice flow of hikers out as I made it back to the trailhead.

All in all, an excellent hike. I think I prefer Black Top Mesa next door a little better, but I will be back up here again for sure.
“Wilderness is not a luxury but necessity of the human spirit.” –Edward Abbey

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