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5 by photographer avatarDennisWilliams
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Pass Mountain RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 17 2018
DennisWilliams
Hiking7.40 Miles 1,422 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   5 Hrs   22 Mns   1.83 mph
1,422 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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Full ridgeline route south to north. Had not planned to hike in the middle of the week but the forecast called for a high of 74F, so got my butt out of bed early to enjoy some of the last cool weather before summer.

Started at the Medicine Wheel TH at the N end of Meridian Rd. Just after crossing the gully bushwhacked NW up the closest spur to make the ridgeline. Threaded the cliff band at the top of the ridge taking the narrow notch about 50 yds. from the SE end. The top is iffy so I dropped over to the NE side and skirted the base of the cliffs for another 100 yds. From that point I stayed on the top of the ridge for the entire length of the mountain, stopping at the summit of 3312 for lunch. Continued N along the top and scrambled up the last little knob on the N end before finally dropping down right where the PM Loop Trail cuts across the northern slopes of the mountain. Followed the trail back up over the saddle and down to the TH.

My first time hiking in the Pass Mountain area. Very nice trails and quite a lovely valley on the E side, with cliff bands and standing rocks. Gunfire audible on the W side from the shooting range. Big "POWs" followed by a long rolling hiss for several seconds characteristic of large caliber rifles heard at a distance in open country. Not complaining. They have been there a very long time and everybody should get to make use of part of the desert in the fashion that suits them. At least the shooters there are not out trashing the desert. Hazy out today. Ordinarily the views would be quite good from up top but today it was limited to maybe ten miles. Could barely make out Four Peaks, and the Supers were washed in haze. I think the PM loop is supposed to be 7.4 miles. This route was more direct and therefore theoretically shorter, but it felt like 7-ish miles due to all the bushwhacking. Fun little traverse. Sort of like a mini-Supers Ridgeline, but much easier. I'll have to go back when the air is clear.
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