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Ditch Mountain, AZ
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Ditch Mountain, AZ 
Ditch Mountain, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 06 2017
AZHiker456
Hiking11.26 Miles 1,862 AEG
Hiking11.26 Miles   4 Hrs   5 Mns   2.83 mph
1,862 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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The upside to waking up for a 5:30 AM meeting mid-week: getting in a solid, 4+ hr. double-digit mileage summit hike. 8)

For those who don’t know, Ditch Mountain is located very near the well-known Gardner Canyon TH on the East side of the Santa Ritas. This area is absolutely beautiful and rich with history; and the informational signs along the portion of the Arizona trail that runs through this area do a very nice job of providing an overview of the history. I won’t go into those details here since tons of information can readily be found on Google, but for starters, this short, publicly available article gives a great overview [and also reveals how “Ditch Mountain” got its name]: gvrhc.org/Library/K ... .pdf.

I wish I could have enjoyed this adventure more, but with critical personal biz to attend to post-hike, I was HAULING ASS and it was a bit stressful as a result. Nonetheless, I made myself stop here and there to enjoy the exceptionally beautiful scenery AND to try to learn something by reading the informational signs along the way. Above all else, the training effect I got from the 4+ hours and 11+ miles that I logged on this adventure far surpassed anything I would have done had I gone for a ‘power walk’ around my neighborhood, so it was definitely a win-win.

Due to time constraints, the route I opted for was not nearly as creative as my typical, mostly off-trail types of adventures. Aside from heading off trail to summit Ditch Mountain, [and again for a very short segment toward the very end in order to shave off some time & distance], I was on trail or jeep road for the rest of the time. Though in terms of getting a ‘full summit’ experience, I definitely did not fall short and easily pulled off my signature, ‘up ‘n’ over’, [which, for this particular summit, involved: ascending the NE ridge of the Southern part of the mountain; then hitting up both of the prominent points of the Southern summit; and finally hitting up the single prominent point of the Northern summit [which is the highpoint of Ditch Mountain]. The logbook was placed by none other than Gordon MacLeod & Barbara Lilley, [in Oct. 2004]; and there were a lot more recent sign-ins than I expected. The most recent prior to mine was from March 2017.

During the extremely short, 1/4 mile bushwhack I performed toward the end of my hike, [in order to have a shorter & faster way back from the Arizona Trail to Gardner Canyon Road], I encountered: a) a huge pipe that looks almost identical to the one shown here in Figure 7. gvrhc.org/Library/K ... pdf; b) a memorial of some sort [metal cross with a metal bird welded right by the ‘intersection’ of the vertical & horizontal ‘beams’ that form the cross. The cross was situated by one end of a pile of rocks but there was nothing more indicating who/what this memorial had been built for.
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