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Montezuma Peak Summit 4354Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 30 2017
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking3.98 Miles 2,738 AEG
Hiking3.98 Miles   3 Hrs   52 Mns   1.08 mph
2,738 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
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So I was going out to do Quartz Peak when all of a sudden I got a wild hair to do Montezuma Peak instead. It has been rattling around in the back of my mind for awhile and every time I go out to Quartz I think "I need to go back and do that again soon". Well today was the day. All was going great until I got about 1200 feet up where I stepped on a rock that rolled and I went straight down onto another. Boom-Crack went my leg as it hit just below my right knee. Extreme pain set in so I hobbled off an sat on a rock and rubbed it for awhile.

As I sat there I was thinking I sure hope I can get back down on this thing. Then I got up and walked around a bit and started heading up again. I took it real slow and easy and kept thinking I should turn back. It felt okay for awhile and then would act up from time to time. Eventually I found myself sitting on the summit of Montezuma enjoying the breeze and the fantastic views. This may be my favorite peak on the Sierra Estrella Range. Quartz doesn't count which leaves Montezuma Sleeping and Hayes. Hayes is too mucked up with all the electronics and Montezuma Sleeping and Montezuma are neck and neck.

After resting and enjoying the views I started to head back down. This is where the real pain kicked in. Holy Moly it hurt! I went slow and took very deliberate steps and eventually was back down by the mine and thr old stone building.

Then as I was driving out I saw a red Dodge Dart stuck in the sand at the north end of 7 mile. :o I got out and looked around to see where the person was to lend a hand but nobody was in sight. I drove back to the turn for Quartz and then turned back and headed out the south end. I was hoping to find the unfortunate one that got stuck and pull them out with the Cherokee. No such luck.

Once home I pulled up my pant leg and took a look. Huge lump on the side of my leg and a scrape about 9 inches long. Depending on how it feels in the morning I may need to go get an X-Ray? ](*,)
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