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2016-12-29  
Harris Mountain, AZ
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Harris Mountain, AZ 
Harris Mountain, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2016
AZHiker456
Hiking2.86 Miles 943 AEG
Hiking2.86 Miles   1 Hour   36 Mns   1.89 mph
943 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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Day 7 – Hike 1
I’d routed several other Chiricahua hikes that take off on / near Rucker Canyon Road, but most of them were all-day affairs. With lots of rain in the forest, along with very threatening skies, I decided to play it safe and head up to the Portal area where I had routed several shorter hikes in some of the small mountains just outside of the Chiricahuas, to the NE. First up was Harris Mountain, a small mountain located immediately to the South of the funky intersections of S. Noland / Paradise Roads, E. Whitetail Circle, & W. Hilltop Road and that of S. Noland / Paradise Roads, Foothills Road, & W. Foothills Spur.

Although there is a dirt road leading almost all the way to the highpoint, I was prepared to tear up some 7,800’+ Chiricahua peaks and therefore had the urge to spice things up a bit. At under 3 miles RT and under 1,000’ AEG, I wanted to make this as interesting as possible. Thus, I took off up the fun-looking, spine-like Northern ridge. There was light rain for most my ascent, and once I hit the ridge and things got steeper I needed to remove my $0.99 Walmart poncho because it kept flapping up and blocking my view of the footing right in front of me. The ascent was short as expected but super fun; and despite being drenched, I was working hard enough to almost break a sweat underneath my layers and nice and warm.

However, once I reached the summit, I couldn’t stand still for very long without starting to feel chilled, so I kept my summit visit very brief; capturing a few photos in the area of the highpoint, followed by a very quick search for a register and/or survey markers [neither of which I was able to find]; then I was on my way. Interestingly enough, the best part of the summit experience was not the highpoint area but rather an area just to the West of it where there is a structure on top. From a distance, I assumed it was some sort of radio tower; but upon reaching this area of the summit, it appeared to be a small, abandoned home. I would have investigated further but by now there was a steady rain, and I was really starting to get chilled. No time for spicing things up on the descent; I gratefully made my exit from the summit via the dirt road and was back to my vehicle in no time.
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