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Montezuma Sleeping, AZ
mini location map2016-12-26
14 by photographer avatartrekkin_gecko
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Montezuma Sleeping, AZ 
Montezuma Sleeping, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2016
trekkin_gecko
Hiking10.45 Miles 3,484 AEG
Hiking10.45 Miles
3,484 ft AEG
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john had the day off, so we made the night before decision to hit montezuma sleeping in the estrellas
he's done all five, but this is his favorite, and along with montezuma peak, it's been on my to-do list
the drive in was fine in my truck, sand packed down somewhat with recent rains
some frost on the sand and on rainbow valley vegetation
turned left where you would turn right for quartz and parked at about the 5th transmission tower
probably 40 degrees when we got going at 8:25
john had drawn up a track in route manager that went up a drainage
it's too bad we didn't follow it on the ascent :lol:
ended up north and took a different one, which worked, although we eventually had to bushwhack up to a ridgeline
we could have topped out on the north side of the peak, too
this hike is 100% off trail
except for the lower open desert, there is nowhere to relax; you always have to watch your footing and you're never on level ground
let's just say that we ended up making this hike more difficult than it needed to be
navigational and electronic issues led to some backtracking and a long day
the summit is steep with some scrambling, loose rock and sticker bushes
the same could be said for anything along the ridgelines
it's a cool summit area - great views of ord, four peaks and the pinals with snow on top
a bit chilly so we didn't stay long
our descent line was a good one
the initial drop into the original drainage wasn't fun, but the drainage had little brush, decent footing and some cool bedrock
a few pour-offs required a work-around or a downclimb
we stayed in the wash a little too long, ending up south of where we parked
the route john drew up is viable, and we may put that together with my partial descent for a good track
a good hike, certainly a challenge for me and i know i slowed john down
don't mind a little off trail for a peak ;)
the estrellas are beautiful, rugged and remote for being so close to the valley
nice to have been up on four of the five major peaks
fun to see where i've been looking up at the ridgeline every day
thanks for a great idea, john, and for being willing to go up there again
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