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Ballantine Cabin & CorralPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 21 2017
survivordude
Hiking10.38 Miles 2,155 AEG
Hiking10.38 Miles   6 Hrs   24 Mns   2.19 mph
2,155 ft AEG   1 Hour   40 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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2nd time being out in this really cool boulder-y area. First time was 10 years ago. Really easy hike to get to and only takes an hour to get there. I like it. Right at sunrise, I chose to start up the southwest side and got warmed up quickly on a very cold morning. There was a group of 3 right at the junction giving their best "WHOO HOO!", waiting for the echos down the canyon. I said Hi in their native language, and continued up the trail. It is a steady incline all the way up through some cool rock formations and then the path goes into a very boulder-y valley. The slight, steady incline eventually levels out and there is a fork. I headed north (left) up 300ft and over a ridgeline towards the cabin. The trail was very worn out from dirtbike tracks, which was odd because I saw none prior to that. Spotted the cabin just after the saddle. It was incredibly windy and the sweating from the uphill hike was making me freeze my :pk: off. I made it down to the cabin and started a small campfire there to warm up. I dragged one of the metal cots near the fire and layed down and turned once in a while, kind of rotissering myself. After about 20 minutes, the sun finally came up over the hill and started warming things up more. Nothing of use or interest in the cabin. I grilled up some of my homemade smoked meats and enjoyed a nice lunch. Really peaceful and quiet at this spot (except for the airplanes), thinking about people living this life way back in the day (..except for the airplanes). I was having such a good time just hanging out, I didnt have enough time to complete the lasso hike. I put out the fire and just came back out the same way, except, I did go down Pine Creek to make the short loop at the end. Noticed all of the half burnt saguaro I didnt see when it was darker earlier hiking in. Nice short hike but Man! has it been cold out lately. I guess it is was the longest night of the year. I liked this hike and will probably be back soon.

Also, I am really interested in hiking the ridgeline/mountain directly to the north northeast of the cabin. It looks like it would be pretty accessible and have similarly manageable ridgeline to the peak.
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