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Rhodes Peak - West Approach, AZ
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Rhodes Peak - West Approach, AZ 
Rhodes Peak - West Approach, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 22 2017
rvcarter
Hiking7.39 Miles 2,261 AEG
Hiking7.39 Miles   6 Hrs   22 Mns   1.21 mph
2,261 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
 
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Well, this one goes on the back burner for a while. Mike, Frank and I set out early to try the canyon between the one we tried on Feb 3 and Buck Canyon. It looked like a good opportunity on Google Earth, but it was not to be. The hike is pretty normal till you reach the base of the canyon (about 5000 feet), but at that point the fight, scramble, and climb begins immediately and doesn't let up. After much difficulty and mostly class 3 and some class 4 climbing, we made just 72 feet higher than last try, to 5700 feet. At that point, pretty much the choke point of the canyon, we (at least I) were getting worn down and stopped to have first lunch. Looking at the data, we figured we had another 1200 feet of steeper and riskier climbing to reach the ridge, which is about 6900 feet. I talked them into giving up the ghost and heading down, which is no picnic believe me.

I won't try this canyon again, but may look at some other access options from other roads. The one from YLE Ranch looks promising but longer, and there may be access issues. If anyone is able to reach Rhodes Peak from the west, I hope they post it on HAZ. This is one tough nut to crack (at least from the west) and not one to attempt alone.
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