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2017-11-17  
White Benchmark, AZ
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White Benchmark, AZ 
White Benchmark, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 17 2017
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking3.48 Miles 966 AEG
Hiking3.48 Miles   4 Hrs   23 Mns   1.86 mph
966 ft AEG   2 Hrs   31 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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The benchmark is In the area of the Skyline Regional Park, just north of Buckeye.

I made my way up to a rocky, narrow ridgeline and followed it to the benchmark peak. There are no trails in this area.
After the BM peak, I continued along the ridgeline to some artifacts (a dilapidated, wooden beacon tower and remnants of an old electric line or possibly a telegraph line).

This narrow ridgeline partially encircles a valley to the north, and has steep, but sloping terrain to that valley. To the south is a long, straight down drop to the desert floor. The ridgeline rock is loose stuff, so I didn’t venture to “right on the edge” of the ridge-top very much. . There are many little peaks along this ridgeline, and the narrowness made it slow going.
This narrow ridge reminded me of a miniature Seven Mile Mtn near the Estrellas.

The White Benchmark (1934) is gone. I dug and scraped around the location and found no sign of the disk. Flaky, fractured rock must have made it easy to dislodge the disk. However, both reference marks are still up there, and are cemented into surface bedrock boulders.

Ironically, I parked the car within feet of where the azimuth mark was set. After a thorough search, I declare the azimuth mark is gone also. I even moved the car in hopes I actually parked over the disk. No such luck.

I planned on hiking the ridgeline a further distance, until it started to rain. A narrow sheet of drizzle from south to north started to make the loose, ridge rocks slippery, so I bailed the ridge earlier than planned. (I didn’t want to plummet off the “straight down” south edge).
This shortened the hike, but I was done with the area anyway.

All morning, I was entertained with Air Force fighter jets, returning to Luke AFB, from their southern practice ranges. I yelled up to them to give me a ride, but I guess they were too busy. :)
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