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Eagle 3186 - Eagletail Mountains Wilderness
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Eagle 3186 - Eagletail Mountains WildernessSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 19 2018
Jim_H
Hiking16.00 Miles 2,200 AEG
Hiking16.00 Miles   8 Hrs   40 Mns   2.04 mph
2,200 ft AEG      50 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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The drive in to where I parked was pretty smooth and straight forward, but just south of the wire cattle gate I had to stop as a wash had been washed out more than my car's front end could handle. Just as well, as I walked that much further and I am certain that this is now my longest hike for the year. The road would be easy to drive were it not for those washes.

In general, this was 2 parts: easy road walking and fairly challenging off trail gravel walking. Lots of water, both in the catchment and in the water pockets in the rock. Lots of mosquitoes, too. Yay! I tried my best to follow the GPS track on the map to the summit, and did a decent job. Coming down, being as I hated much of the route, I went for a direct line to the catchment and was able to go much faster. I do not know that would be the case going up. Stats reflect the HAZbot route which is up only, and a little extra elevation gain as I estimated coming down, plus 2 miles each way on the 2-track to meet the TH.

Heading around 3186 was interesting and being on solid rock was the best part of the hike. Summit views were pretty nice, and visibility was good, which was a bit surprising given how humid it was and has been post the autumn deluge, but the winter dry is also accompanied by pollution, and that isn't here just yet.

Going out, I caught the sunset at the catchment, hiked by last twilight to somewhere near the wilderness signs, and then moonlight the rest of the way.

Very quiet out here, no spring birds, no large mammals and no real life other than irritating insects and lizards, noted. Thought maybe I would see a sheep or deer. Oh, well. Copious water at present.

Skipped the triple eye, not my thing, but I didn't have the light anyway. Enjoyable summit.
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