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Peak 2358 - Maricopa Mountains
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Peak 2358 - Maricopa MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 04 2017
joebartels
Hiking8.73 Miles 1,252 AEG
Hiking8.73 Miles   4 Hrs   23 Mns   2.17 mph
1,252 ft AEG      22 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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We didn't have enough "daylight" for my second planned hike. Aka they didn't want to do it. Nobody turns down a hike due to an hour of twilight :lol:

Understandable, the first hike was good but didn't leave us begging for more. Utilizing an app I found called Route Scout we queried the nearby options and agreed on Margie's Cove.

2pm, a little tired, the hottest part of the day... we were off like a herd of unimpressive turtles. The thought of an eight plus mile hike with nearly no elevation change was coming across as torture. I was eyeing Sheep Mountain Peak 2126 looming above. However I knew nobody was gonna bite as it was straight up from the parking area. A little further Karl suggested a distant peak and the hike started to have meaning. My feet went from anchors back to a mode of transportation.

Two miles in poppies started kicking hard. Karl and Bruce were taking photos for Tibber Productions. For good reason too, it just kept getting better as we approached our peak.

Ascending 2358 directly from the north worked well. Views were outstanding with or without wildflowers. Rainbow Valley on the backside of the Estrella range looked incredible wedged behind Sheep and Maricopa mountains.

The peak is steep and rewarding in itself. It is an outstanding perch for the area too. A great peak with poppies to boot. U2 may still be lost but we found what we were looking for.
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