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Santa Rita Quinfecta, AZ 
Santa Rita Quinfecta, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 20 2016
AZHiker456
Hiking8.29 Miles 2,495 AEG
Hiking8.29 Miles   5 Hrs   26 Mns   1.65 mph
2,495 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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My 4 week “break” from hiking felt like a torturous eternity, and it’s really good to be back. The goal [limit] was supposed to be 5 mi for distance & 500’ for AEG… needless to say, with the stats I effortlessly pulled off today, I’m very much ahead of the game. I executed the route in counterclockwise, true loop fashion and bagged the following 5 Santa Rita summits in the process:

#1 Granite Mountain
#2 USLM 1 (UN 5989’)
#3 UN 6347’
#4 Castle Dome
#5 USLM 1105 (approx. 6160’)

There was a nice blend of both on and off trail, with approx. 54% on-trail [jeep/FS roads] and 46% off-trail [the majority of which involved traversing through crotch high grass with *horrendous footing]… *in the sense of having to contend with TONS of rocks of all shapes and sizes [that were completely blocked from view by the grass] nearly every step of the way. Even though there was practically no thorny vegetation, no super steep grades, and no loose footing, the invisible landmine of rocks within the grass was far more challenging. Nonetheless, I made it back in one piece and without taking a single misstep.

After living in Southern AZ for over 3.5 years, this was my first Santa Rita hike launching from a TH on the East side of the range, and I liked it much better for many reasons. My “sweet spot” for favorite views has always been desert / desert grassland [vs. pine forest / “alpine”]; thus, the lower altitude was a lot more appealing and beautiful to me. And not having to deal with a mobscene up Old Baldy / the Super Trail or worse [i.e. getting stuck behind some pumpkin doing 2 mph up/down the final part of Madera Canyon Road… ](*,) ] was like total icing on the cake.
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