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Apache Peaks & Richmond Basin, AZ
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Apache Peaks & Richmond Basin, AZ 
Apache Peaks & Richmond Basin, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 17 2017
The_N
Hiking12.02 Miles 3,195 AEG
Hiking12.02 Miles   9 Hrs   7 Mns   1.62 mph
3,195 ft AEG   1 Hour   43 Mns Break
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Feeling adventurous, we decided to tackle an off-trail peak or two this weekend. We started from a lonely FR junction (200/200A) and followed faint remnants of a road briefly before heading straight up. I actually wore pants, glad I did. The trek starts off rather easy. Game trails led us to where the real bushwacking begins. Passages through brush were usually blocked by cacti, which was ever present throughout. We skirted the cliff band and found a densely vegetated chute to reach the false summit. By the time we reached the saddle, we weren't thrilled about taking that route back down, so we decided to follow the ridgeline and accompanying peaks, and make a loop. We hit 6940 first and lunched with a nice view. The tops of these peaks are cholla forests. Back down to the saddle to start our ridge walk, passing hill 6601, while eyeing 6682, unsure of what kind of descent awaited on the backside. That was the case with all of these peaks, really. Plenty of bear scat below 6682. Really brushy on that backside, but as long as we weren't cliffed out, we were moving forward. We continued to push through the brush, passed 6326, and got a squared up view of 6188. We saved the toughest peak for last. The top of 6188 is a series of 3 rock ledges. Navigating up and over them was fun. Footing wasn't the best, these rocks are loose and crumbling, but plenty of hand/foot holds. The descent from 6188 was slow going. A steep field of loose scree stood between us and our return to the ridgeline. We made it down safely, happy to be back in the brush, knowing the last major obstacle was behind us. Following the ridge/fenceline, we ended up back on the FR and returned to the vehcile. After grabbing a little water, we footed it on down FR200 to tour some mining history. Saw some holes in the ground, a few collapsed structures, and whole lot of rusted debris scattered throughout. Views from the peaks and ridgeline were incredible all day. As expected for Central AZ. The haze seems to have died down a bit. Weather was just about perfect. Although a little toasty due to the lack of shade anywhere on this mountain. I enjoyed this one. Tough enough to pose challenges, without being terribly uncomfortable. Definitely a worthy destination for someone seeking an adventurous trek.
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