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2017-11-21  
Harcuvar and Bullard, AZ
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Harcuvar and Bullard, AZ 
Harcuvar and Bullard, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 21 2017
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking12.59 Miles 3,042 AEG
Hiking12.59 Miles   7 Hrs   6 Mns   2.60 mph
3,042 ft AEG   2 Hrs   15 Mns Break
 
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Last March, while hiking in McMullen Valley to locate a few benchmarks and county boundary markers, I took this photo - ( [ photo ] ).
I thought, “I have to hike in the Harcuvar Mountains”.

Well, I just completed a hike to Smith Pk, the tallest peak in the Harcuvars, and home to a communications antenna farm. Also, after a bit of research, I discovered there’s a benchmark (Bullard) in the far eastern end of the mountain range. So, I decided to locate Bullard’s four affiliated disks and then continue on to Smith Pk.

The Bullard Benchmark (1944) is named after Bullard Mine, which was just southeast of Harcuvar Mtns. The mine started in 1885, and produced a bit of Silver, gold, copper, lead, and zinc.

After locating the four survey disks, I actually ended up hiking to, and past Smith Pk, toward the west. I continued past the peak until the little, crumbling road abruptly ended.

HA ! - I felt a bit like Forest Gump, when he came to an ocean.
I smiled at the abrupt road end, turned around, looked at the crumbling road, then started back the other way.
- Just like Forest. :)

From the ridgeline, I had unobstructed views in all directions - Excellent.
The Harcuvar Mtn Range is 25 miles long and about 5 miles wide. There’s a huge amount of mining/ranching roads criss-crossing the valley to the south, giving decent access to alot of the range.
I highly recommend the area. Lotsa fun out there.
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