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Peak 5255 - Mule Hoof Bend Quad
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Peak 5255 - Mule Hoof Bend QuadGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2018
Grasshopper
Hiking1.40 Miles 906 AEG
Hiking1.40 Miles   5 Hrs      0.56 mph
906 ft AEG   2 Hrs   30 Mns Break
 
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During Nov - Dec 2012 and March 2013 I spent a number of days and a lot of gas money camping and hike exploring this enjoyable, remote area within the Salt River Canyon Wilderness and along/off-of the main road through- Haystack Butte Road (FR303). I had not been back sense. In Jan'18, our HAZ-ssk44 located some new, interesting areas to hike explore so HAZ-Oregon_Hiker and I planned a return 5 day/4 night vehicle camping-day hiking trip to this area [ Camp Grasshopper - Tonto NF (FR303A) ] .

We had three day hikes planned and this Peak 5255 was #1 and the most difficult and risky one of the 3 for us older geezers to safely complete. This one was a completely off-trail, route finding hike with some difficult cliff face areas to traverse, some bushwhacking, some exposure moments, and a final 30ft cliff wall to scramble up/back down using all fours :sweat: . It sounds bad but as with most of these types of exploratory Peak and Butte hikes we enjoy doing, the final destination- "near and distant views" almost always out weigh all the pain and agony we go through to arrive there and this one was no exception! :D

My posted hike picset with detailed captions, tag notes, geocoded locations, labels, and posted GPS Route tell the remainder of this hike adventure.

On our return hike, one funny happening I must share:
Oregon_Hiker (Larry) really enjoys doing loop hikes and will almost always recommend and/or find a different way back to our start location so the hike will end up being a type of loop.

So, while we were on the summit of this Peak 5255, Larry claims to have spotted a near saddle with a cow trail on it which would allow for us to do a loop hike back to our Park/TH Start and not have to backtrack the somewhat difficult, risky route we came in on. Well, I liked that idea and after we successfully descending the 30ft cliff wall scramble, to begin this loop hike back we were now facing a 60% spree slope to slide down on our fannies for a short distance, then only a 60% loose rocky, brushy slope to continue down a further distance.. [ photo ] but hark there was a saddle soon to be realized with a cow trail back.. Well, to make a long story short, there was no saddle and no cow trail :lol: However, Larry did do another good job navigating the wild for a safe arrival back..and he did get his loop hike in. It's always an adventure!
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