|Molino Basin to Peak 5005, AZ|
|Molino Basin to Peak 5005, AZ|| |
Molino Basin to Peak 5005, AZ
|Hiking||10.00 Miles|| 6 Hrs ||1.67 mph|
|3,500 ft AEG|
|From Molino Basin my buddy and I went east (south) along the Arizona Trail and then bushwhacked off to Peak 5005, one of the small peaks northeast of Agua Caliente Hill. Because five-oh-oh-five was annoying to pronounce, we started calling it Soos (rhymes with "moose") Mountain.
The first leg, from the highway to the point at which we left the trial, was easy and beautiful. With its distinct green slope, our destination was prominent for much of this stretch. After about four miles, just past the turnoff to Bellota Ranch, the trail crosses a wash, which was where our bushwhack began. I posted a map with our route up drawn in red and our route down drawn in blue (respect the MS Paint skills!) Both routes were thick with shin daggers and other wonders of the desert, but the blue route, although less direct, was also less bushy/brambly. Honestly though they were both pretty rough, and if I do this again I'll be looking into an approach from the south, thank you very much.
That being said, the summit was really cool. Great views of Redington Pass, the Rincons, Agua Caliente, and Bassett Peak. Also spotted Chimney Rock. Because we'd found no cairns or anything on the way up, I was a bit surprised to find a summit log up there. Since 2003, five or six parties had signed it. After about 15 minutes, we experienced a very serious moment: a swarm of bees welling up out of no where. We got out of there, heads down, but as suddenly as they'd appeared, they were gone. We were nicely beat up by the time we made it back to the Arizona Trail, and the hike back up to the saddle overlooking Molino Basin whooped me thoroughly.