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Sunset Peak via High Creek, AZ
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Sunset Peak via High Creek, AZ 
Sunset Peak via High Creek, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 10 2017
chumley
Hiking8.40 Miles 2,725 AEG
Hiking8.40 Miles   4 Hrs   56 Mns   1.99 mph
2,725 ft AEG      43 Mns Break
 
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With plans for Ash Creek on Saturday, I decided it would be fun to try out High Creek on Friday. Pivo and Joseph chose to join me, so had some company for the day.

I could probably have driven the final half mile of road, but it was slow going so I figured it wasn't worth not just starting the hike. Non 4wd vehicles will want to stop a full mile before the end of the road where there's a big camp area and a small FS sign.

I was surprised to see how nice this trail is, and it was also impressively maintained. There's a ton of poison ivy along this one, but it was easy to avoid, and it was prime red for fall, so it was always easy to see too!

The top half mile is super steep, but it's over quickly. Once on the Divide Trail, we headed south about two miles to Sunset Peak which involves a bit of an off-trail scramble to reach. After reading Grotto Girl's report that the eastern peak was a little dicey to climb, I decided to settle on the west peak. They have to be within a foot or two of each other anyway.

This was a fun peak and it was great to check out a new access to the Galiuros via High Creek.
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A few spots with nice color, but still tons of green. I would estimate 2 weeks from prime color.

dry High Creek Dry Dry
Saw one or two tiny pools in bedrock up in the canyon, otherwise completely dry.
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