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2018-01-18  
ET 4 JEK, AZ
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ET 4 JEK, AZ 
ET 4 JEK, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2018
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking4.17 Miles 1,458 AEG
Hiking4.17 Miles   5 Hrs   3 Mns   1.95 mph
1,458 ft AEG   2 Hrs   55 Mns Break
 
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My car was covered with dust from a previous hike, so before I washed it I decided to do this hike, knowing that it would get even dustier on the drive up Seven Springs Rd/FR 24.

In 1966 the USGS set a series of 5 survey disks north of Phoenix, roughly going from west to east, starting on Perry Mesa and ending on West Cedar Mountain. All five are part of a ‘traverse’ survey.
The five survey disks are officially ‘Electronic Traverse Stations’ and not Triangulation Stations.
(Electronic Traverse Stations - - Google it for more)

This series of five survey disks starts with a disk named “ET 1 JEK” on Perry Mesa, and ends on W Cedar Mtn with ET 5 JEK. Physically, they’re just normal looking disks that we all come across. The “ET” tips you off that they’re “Electronic Traverse” stations. My guess on the “JEK” is that it’s either the initials of the head surveyor, or the name used for this specific traverse ID.

I have already located the first disk, ET 1 JEK, and the last disk, ET 5 JEK.
This hike was to the #4 in the series, NW of W Cedar Mtn. It was a rather easy hike, up to a no-name mesa, with all the normal desert vegetation that was easily avoided.
This is still active cattle country, so my major hike obstacle was ‘cow flops/cattle scat’. It was all over the place.

After locating the disk, I hiked straight down the steep ridge, crossed a few drainages and hiked FR 24 back to my TH. It made for a nice loop.

Soon, I’ll hike to #3 (ET 3 JEK), but I doubt I’ll ever get to the #2 in this series.
ET 2 JEK is very remote, with no passable roads to even get close. It would be a very long hike, to even get to the base of the high mountain where it’s located.

By the way, in 1966, all 5 of these disks were monumented and reached using a helicopter. No hiking was involved.
If you rent me a helicopter, I’ll take you to ET 2 JEK.
I’ll supply lunch at the electronic traverse station. :)
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