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Big Horn PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2016
Barrett
Hiking7.50 Miles 2,183 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   6 Hrs      1.50 mph
2,183 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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Pleased with the accuracy of Chumley's description, I arrived at the trailhead before dawn and crossed the bridge, my new GoPro 5 on her maiden voyage. I stopped at the ruins, but the fence lowered the interest factor, and I decided bluff 1804' to the south looked more interesting - I decided to hit it on the way back.
The route up to the ridge was decent, once on top the Cholla were plentiful but also navigable. To be honest the south face of Big Horn looked pretty intimidating from here, but once again the description solved the puzzle and after some scrambling I was at the summit saddle. Of course the last 20 foot climb was the hardest part, and I really took my time - I think my sense of vertigo has increased as I grow older.
The summit was a relief - big views and clear skies, but the wind and the impending down climb prevented me from my usual summit celebration. Fortunately there was a really nice shady spot by the landmark Saguaro, and I set up my Flexlite to celebrate now that the hard part was behind me. :D
Once down on the plain, I headed for 1804', where I found some sweet bird of prey perches and generally cool geology.
Back at the truck I looked back in satisfaction. Each time I had driven by this dramatic peak I hoped I would do it someday. Hope realized is a good feeling.
I even found a song called "Big Horn" for the video - [ youtube video ]
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