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Salt River Mountains Take 2, AZ
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Salt River Mountains Take 2, AZ 
Salt River Mountains Take 2, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 05 2018
CannondaleKid
Hiking7.40 Miles 1,696 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   4 Hrs   56 Mns   1.55 mph
1,696 ft AEG      10 Mns Break22 LBS Pack
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After my hike last week, in which less than 40% of the 5 hours was actually IN the Salt River Mountains, I made up my mind to find a better/quicker/easier way. And as luck would have it, on the way back from our Sierra Ancha trip I noticed a well-traveled wash roughly parallel to AZ 288 on the Salt River Mountains side... Hmmmm.

When I got home I fired up Route Editor in Satellite view and sure enough, that wash led all the way past Summit Well up to the cow-path I descended on the return leg of my previous hike. So, instead of 1.5 to 2 miles cross-country from trail-head to actually be IN the Salt River Mountains it would be a mere half-mile, on a well-beaten cow-path no less. Ok, now we're talking!

Only one problem... having forgotten to load the plan onto my GPS I had no way-points for specific items of interest, but then again, it meant I could go wherever my whim-of-the-moment led me.

Knowing it would be warmer than last week I started an hour earlier and was fully prepared with over 180 oz of water as well as shears and hand pruner. Surprisingly, I wouldn't use either tool and would only go through 80 oz of water, even though I used some to keep my neck gaiter, wristbands and shirt-sleeves damp for cooling... and it worked! At times when there was a gust of wind I even shivered. (Just a quick plug here... Mission EnduraCool is the key)

It turned out to be overkill on the shears and pruner as well, which I lay credit/blame on the massive amount of cattle grazing in the previous months. I said previous because with absolutely no water in the mountains and all the grass already grazed to the nub there are no cattle now, so other than the huge boulders, trees and the odd heavy thicket of brush, there wasn't one square foot of area not traveled by cows and/or deer. As a consequence, I escaped the whole hike poke-free, not once could I not simply walk a few feet in another direction to avoid any hazard.

For the bulk of the hike it was a matter of enjoying the scenery while taking care with each step... loose rocks, century plants and sotol being the leading nemeses. (plural of nemesis)

Overall a great hike, beautiful views including the one I hoped for last week, a close-up southern-view of Klondike Mountain in preparation for a return trip (to Klondike).
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Black Mesa Klondike Mountain
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