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Hardscrabble Mesa-Scrabble and Hard, AZ
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Hardscrabble Mesa-Scrabble and Hard, AZ 
Hardscrabble Mesa-Scrabble and Hard, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2018
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking10.58 Miles 1,228 AEG
Hiking10.58 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   2.23 mph
1,228 ft AEG   1 Hour   45 Mns Break
 
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Hardscrabble:
An area of land which can only support sparse, hearty plants and weeds
or
A livelihood may be obtained only under great hardship and difficulty


I imagine some ranchers had the same above sentiments about this mesa.

The total hike distance I listed includes about 2.7 miles for re-positioning the car, as I kept the GPS on while driving between trailheads. (I adjusted the hike ‘mph’ also).

This was my first time on Hardscrabble Mesa, and it turned out to be as I expected. Hardscrabble has a limited variety of trees and shrubs, and is covered with tall grasses.
Oh, and rocks. Most of the rocks are small, and just loose enough to make you visually check your every step. It’s a good workout for your ‘foot muscles’.
All in all, it was easy bushwhacking. I just dodged the trees and watched my step.

The reason for both hikes was the same - Locate a couple benchmark disks, and all the disks related to them. Of the seven total disks I located, only one gave me a headache.
One reference mark was nowhere to be seen, until I persuaded some tree limbs, an agave, and a sprawling prickly pear to ‘step aside’. The agave especially, didn’t want to ‘lift its limbs’ to let me view the disk. I finally coerced it to surrender.

I think the surveyors had fun naming the two separate benchmarks.
The two benchmarks are about four or five miles apart and totally unrelated to each other. One was set in 1946 by the NGS, and the other was placed by the USGS in 1966. Their actual names was part of the reason I did the hikes.

Well, it turned out to be a nice little stroll on a mesa, and sInce I located all the things I set out to locate, I declare the hike an enjoyable success.
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Hardscrabble Mesa Plowbeam Tank
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