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Haystack Mountain, AZ
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Haystack Mountain, AZ 
Haystack Mountain, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 14 2017
AZHiker456
Hiking10.03 Miles 1,135 AEG
Hiking10.03 Miles   4 Hrs   25 Mns   2.32 mph
1,135 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
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A low-key but fun and beautiful little summit hike at the North end of the Whetstones, which I executed in true loop fashion. While over 90% of my ascent & approach was not on a trail/jeep road, the terrain consisted primarily of: extremely well beaten animal/cattle routes, very wide washes, [where I literally had a 10’ ‘cushion’ on either side between me and the vegetation], and bare/heavily grazed areas. With visibility that ranged from good to excellent, it was a very nice option during snake season.

There was a register on top that was in horrible condition, consisting of: a large glass jar with the top completely broken off, a pencil that was resting at the bottom of the broken jar, and what remained of the log, which was lying next to the broken jar & partly under a rock or two that formed the summit cairn. I’m not sure which of the following impressed me the most… the fact that:

a) the log had not blown away
b) the log had not been completely destroyed from full exposure to the elements
c) some of the sign-ins were still very visible

That said, the pages were very brittle so I did not even attempt to separate them in order to try to read any of the sign-ins that were not on the outer part, nor did I attempt to sign it. Rather, I played the role of register fairy once again and left a nice new container. Given that I still have a few servings left before I finish off another Juvo container, the one I had on hand this time was a quart sized, Talenti Gelato container. Luckily, although not as tall, the old log fit inside perfectly. I forgot to stash some extra paper in my pack though; so I left a clean paper towel that I had on hand for others to sign in the event they don’t have anything better to write on. I wrote the name of the mountain on the paper towel, signed/dated below, and then headed on my way.

Aside from following a route for a short ways along the summit ridge – and then heading off trail a couple of times toward the end to circumvent some cattle that were NOT at all happy with my presence… – I stayed on excellent jeep road for most of the return trip. Unless I’m able to get out for a hike mid-week, [or unless a total miracle happens], this will be my last hike for a while, and I’m really glad it was a good one.
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