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Apache Peak Abort, AZ 
Apache Peak Abort, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 05 2018
CannondaleKid
Hiking8.70 Miles 2,053 AEG
Hiking8.70 Miles   4 Hrs   2 Mns   2.16 mph
2,053 ft AEG25 LBS Pack
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With high hopes to beat the heat just enough to check Apache Peak off my to-do list, we were on-the-road early and on the trail before 7 am @75°, albeit a bit more humid than expected so we'd have plenty of sweating right from the start.

Unfortunately our hopes were dashed early on... with so many 4x4 timber steps (the step height on some was 8-10") to step over it wasn't long before my hips were bellowing in agony. Not willing to waste a 4-hour round-trip drive by giving up a mile into the hike, it was time to shut up and keep on truckin'. Eventually I got used to the pain enough to ignore it for the most part.

By time we hit the Oracle Ridge Trail #1 it was up to 88°, but thanks to a left turn to head south we had a nice cross-wind and with the humidity dropping noticeably it felt cool... for a while. Although we were faced with the next significant climb we could see our goal, which prompted a bit of optimism.

When we reached where Forest Road 639 ended, neither of us felt ready for the last 1.25 mile 1300' climb. If that was all, after taking a quick snack break I'm sure we would have persevered. But the impetus to abort the hike was provided by two issues related to my recent back surgery:
1. An intense burning in the upper back, which was just more pain added to the existing hip pain.
2. But a bit more worrying was the lack of feeling from my right foot so I wasn't able to feel the terrain and had to watch every step I took.

As a result, it was time to call it quits and head back. I even had the idea of Tracey hiking back to the 4Runner then driving to the end of FR 639, where I would be waiting, but with no information of the route from the TH to that point we both deemed it unfeasible. So again, it was just down to slogging it out.

We did take one short side-trip to visit the High Jinks Ranch, which is on-the-market for $555,000... if we had a cool half-million-$ laying around, we just may have been interested. A realtor was showing the property so we just took a few quick photos and left.

One positive... by heading home early we were cooling off at home before the dust storms kicked up.

Now the day after... the burning from the back is down to an ache but the the forward half of my right foot is still numb. Not sure if I can wait til the end of July for my 6-month surgery follow-up with the surgeon... will probably talk to PA anyway.
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