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Woolsey PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 27 2018
Jim_H
Hiking9.00 Miles 2,137 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   7 Hrs   20 Mns   1.48 mph
2,137 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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I had no plans to return to Woolsey this year until HansenAZ sent me his gps route of the drive in from the compressor station at the start of the Agua Caliente RD, this was greatly preferable to the hike's described route, and much more direct and very easy to follow. If you do not cross the large wash and head south as you near the southeast slopes of the hills north of Woolsey, a decent high clearance vehicle can get much closer to Woolsey than is possible using the standard and confusing Agua Caliente Road approach. Keeping in mind that I found the first crossing of Woolsey Wash to be eroded and too risky for my Outback to enter without damaging my front end, in November.

I liked this drive more, and may return this year to explore the Gila Bend Mountains if I don't come in from the south. I loaded HansenAZ's route to the hike page, mostly so I could study it before I left.


Otherwise, a nice repeat hike on Woolsey with much better air quality this time. I could see the 4 Peaks, Ord, McDowell Mts, and Camelback. I was naive and thought I would have time to explore more, but things are bigger out here than you think. Also, Woolsey is more of a fortress of cliffs than a mountain, and it is not possible to drop off the south slope, it seems. It also seemed harder this time, and overall I enjoyed it less. I liked the summit, the views and the desert hiking, but did not care for the slope hiking, especially down. On NYD I heard people talk about how rough or nasty the cholla is on Big Horn Peak, but the thorn bushes on this are about as bad, or worse if you choose a poor route, and the rocks seem a lot looser where it counts. That said, I still liked it, I just didn't care to be beaten up for this.

I do not know where, but somewhere out here I picked up some ticks, so beware.

Seems this is not popular with HAZ members, but there were a bunch of other recent names entered in the various logs I found, since I was here just about 2 months ago.
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