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Maricopa Peak via Pyramid Trailhead, AZ
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Maricopa Peak via Pyramid Trailhead, AZ 
Maricopa Peak via Pyramid Trailhead, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 18 2017
Hiking14.97 Miles 3,053 AEG
Hiking14.97 Miles   6 Hrs   52 Mns   2.47 mph
3,053 ft AEG      48 Mns Break
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1st trip
We decided to stay close and hit a nice backyard leg-stretcher on SoMo. Little Miss Bossy put together a loop that involved some off-trail, some boulder hopping, a peak, and plenty of new territory, for me. We started from a busy Pyramid TH and followed the trail up to the 'big wash' until it's junction with a smaller drainage from the west. We then traveled up this side wash, through the boulders, over a couple of dry falls, and under a tree or two. Views and even a breeze most of the way up. New sights for both of us, including some mining history. After topping out, we took Ranger down, and walked west via Bajada and Alta. Made the side trip to Maricopa Peak and enjoyed a nutrition break. A flat, boring, roadside stretch of National ensued. Necessary for this loop and now I've seen it with my own eyes. We encountered a few hiking groups/families back here. Nice weekend weather will do that. Once back on Gila, we cruised up and over the saddle, back on Pyramid to the TH. Nice and warm in the sun west of the saddle. Temps were great and breezy, throughout. This was a fun one, had a good time.
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