|New Water - Peak 3348, AZ|
|New Water - Peak 3348, AZ|| |
New Water - Peak 3348, AZ
|Hiking||6.53 Miles|| 6 Hrs 27 Mns ||1.85 mph|
|1,757 ft AEG|| 2 Hrs 55 Mns Break|
||no linked trail guides|
|Disclaimer - The GPS track includes a car ‘re-locate’ between the azimuth search and the mountain climb. (I was too lazy to separate the two).|
Peak 3348 is home to the ‘New Water’ benchmark.
The peak is south of I-10, in the far northwest edge of the Little Horn Mountains, and is the high point of that mountain range.
Peak 3348 is also in the KOFA National Wildlife Refuge.
Ironically, Pk 3348 (and New Water BM) is not in the New Water Mountains Wilderness.
The hike Good stuff:
Very good roads getting there. (20 miles of gravel, with some loose sandy spots).
The remoteness of the area.
Wonderful views up top.
All four survey disks were located - One had to be dug up. (a survey stand was up there too).
Not so good stuff:
No usable ridgeline to get up/down the peak, made for a steep ascent/descent.
Scree galore, with jumping cholla in the scree - I lost the cholla battle in the scree.
Actual top is very tiny, and very homely - All huge, black basalt boulders.
6 or 7 cliff bands, with one cliff band attempting to force me to stay on the mountain forever.
The area between the cliff bands was quite slanted, and full of that scree/cholla mix.
The two above “Bad Stuff”s led to a lot of backtracking to find a cliff band break, and also led to very slow, deliberate movements. (All the better to stay alive through the slanted scree).
I actually made a choice of having cholla encounters as opposed to ‘screeing’ off the cliff band.
The summit log started in 1987, with Ms Lilly & Mr Macleod, then the rest of the usual suspects followed. However, only two log entries after the year 2000, including mine.
All in all, a nice hike, with a bit more decision making than usual, to make the hike safe.
This hike concludes my Arizona hike adventures until October.
Over 40 hikes (most on HAZ) since last October, equals good times for me.
I now have to learn how to cut grass again, in the midwest.
To all HAZ adventurists - Hike safe and have a great summer.
|Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost|