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Pass Mountain RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 05 2017
adilling
Hiking5.20 Miles 1,422 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles
1,422 ft AEG
 
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The Pass Mountain Ridgeline is always a favorite of mine. The hike offers a little bit of everything - groomed trail, NO trail, rock scrambling, great views, awesome sunrise/sunset, route finding - it's all here on this one.

We wanted to do a sunrise hike, so we hit the Wind Cave T/H in the dark. Made it up the Wind Cave Trail, and past the "Danger, I wouldn't go any further, if I was you" sign and up to the first saddle. We made it in time for an excellent sunrise. The colors were concentrated right on the Goldfields.

With the light show over, we started moving along the ridgeline. What stood out right away was all the fresh spray paint dots and arrows. And, the fact that there now appears to be an actual trail for most of the ridgeline now. The dots and arrows were literally every 10-15 yards. Even when the path was clear to see, dots and dots, for almost 1/2 of the trail heading towards the summit. Mike commented that he felt time humming the PacMan theme song as we passed one dot after another.

After the rocky section in the middle, the spray paint guy must have run out of paint as they stopped. But, his brother, the monster cairn builder took over from there. So, lots and lots of very large cairns marked the way across. Someone or someones have spent some time up here working on this trail. The trail is getting more defined.

We made it to the true summit and signed in. There was some kind of freaky fly bloom going on at the summit, so we opted to get out of there. We bypassed the eastern summit and started across the ridgeline again.

The official route has you taking a hard right and heading down a seam to exit from the northeast side of the mountain to pick up the Pass Mountain Loop Trail. We just kept following the trail. It took us past the last yellow ridge and we had to decide if we wanted to go left or right. Mike and I decided to go right and follow a ridgeline down. The path was not always clear, but we made our way down without any problems. I think this is the way I will exit this trail in the future. It put us out on the northwest side of the mountain. We pick up the Pass Mtn Loop trail and cruised on back to the T/H.

A nice and easy stroll across the ridgeline this morning. I took a bunch of pictures and the route finding slowed us down a little too. Not my fastest time across this little mountain, but it was a good day for hiking.
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