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Samaniego Peak, AZ
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Samaniego Peak, AZ 
Samaniego Peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 20 2017
markthurman53
Hiking14.00 Miles 4,322 AEG
Hiking14.00 Miles   8 Hrs   56 Mns   2.19 mph
4,322 ft AEG   2 Hrs   33 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
I am not a Peak person, I do not go out of my way to bag peaks as they say. I usually only go to a peak if there is a trail heading there with a few exceptions and this is one of them. I have been looking at this peak over the last few years from different directions and this one was calling my name. I started from the Mount Lemmon Trail #5 on Mount Lemmon and continued down the Sutherland Trail. While at the Sutherland Trail/Samaniego Ridge Trail junction I headed further down the Sutherland Trail to where my legs petered out the week before, about .6 miles. Had to finish this trail, I hate leaving a trail unfinished, it's an OCD thing. Once back on the Samaniego Ridge trail I headed toward Samaniego Peak. I thought the Samaniego Ridge trail was easy to follow and appeared to be in better shape than a year or so ago. That's not to say long pants and shirt aren't a good thing to have, My hands donated their share of blood. A good pair of sunglasses are advisable if you don't want to donate an eye to a stray branch. The trail gets a little fuzzy around Walnut Spring but with a GPS It is fairly easy to stay on track. Once at the infamous camp site/fire pit I headed up to Samaniego Peak. There are rock cairns marking the way, if you loose one trail there always seams to be another set of cairns marking another possible route. They all seam to converge on the peak, imagine that. The route up is steep in places and requires rock hopping and maybe a little rock climbing. A lot of brush to maneuver through if you don't pick the right route. At one point I got grabbed by some brush and before I knew it I was on the ground trying to get untangled. All in all the .5 mile trek up is worth it, the views are spectacular. Signed the log book and took a 20 minute break at the top. The way down was easier, maybe because I was a little wiser about picking the path.
This was a great hike, I estimated an elevation gain of 2000 feet for this hike and was amazed when my GPS said 4200 feet (I didn't account for the trip further down the Sutherland Trail). I am actually not surprised because the Trail is a ridge trail and drops down into every saddle and then back up the other side, all these ups and downs adds up. My Legs performed much better than the week before, I don't climb hills like I did 20 or 30 years ago but had no energy problems. I brought more food with me this time and ate something better for breakfast. Amazing what the legs will do if you just feed them.
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