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Maricopa Peak - Sand Tank Mountains
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Maricopa Peak - Sand Tank MountainsSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 08 2016
GeeEss
Hiking5.30 Miles 1,750 AEG
Hiking5.30 Miles   6 Hrs      0.88 mph
1,750 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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Unlike the previous two hikers, we chose to forego Javelina Mountain in favor of an in and out toward Maricopa Peak. Very tough road in absolutely requires high clearance 4WD. We got on the ridgeline approach ASAP and found it manageable, though several boulder piles slowed progress considerably. Once we hung right toward the final approach on the ridgeline between Maricopa and Javelina, progress slowed to a near crawl -- literally. No major impediments, just being cautious and very deliberate along these tedious boulder crawls. Very near the summit is a helipad that apparently sees regular use. Unlike the triangulation mark, the aforementioned log atop Maricopa Peak was nowhere to be found.

After about a mile along the ridgeline on our return, we bailed into Bender Wash, a much easier way to go. We found a few Hohokam glyphs and all manner of discarded Mexican clothing in the wash.

All in all, a tough but very rewarding hike. Highly recommended to any with a vehicle capable of making it to the "trailhead".
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