username
X
password
register help
show related photosets
DESTINATION
Generic
1 Photoset

2018-10-29  
Candelerio and Kunde Peaks, AZ
mini location map2018-10-29
19 by photographer avatarmarkthurman53
photographer avatar
page 1   2
 
Candelerio and Kunde Peaks, AZ 
Candelerio and Kunde Peaks, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 29 2018
markthurman53
Hiking13.41 Miles 2,802 AEG
Hiking13.41 Miles   8 Hrs   13 Mns   2.33 mph
2,802 ft AEG   2 Hrs   27 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Partners none no partners
I was planning to do some hiking in the Superstitions but since the temps were going to be in the upper 80’s, I changed my plans. Also wasn’t sure if I was up to a 19 miler after just getting over a cold/flu/allergies, not sure what it was. What I needed was a more local hike that I could bail out on if I wasn’t up to it. I searched the HAZ data base and came up with a couple options that I haven’t done before (actually came up with a bucket load). Love that option to search HAZ hikes by National forest and regions. I decided on two hikes along the Arizona Trail #3 near Patagonia; Candelerio Peak and Kunde Mountain posted by AZHiker456. These were posted as two separate hikes but I figured since they are both close by I would combine them. I have mentioned before that I am not a peak person but Kunde Mountain caught my eye a couple years back while hiking this portion of the Arizona Trail so why not. Candelerio Peak was thrown in just because it was nearby.

From the AZT #3 at Harshaw road I headed east for 3.7 miles to Red Rock Canyon Road. It has been a while since I was on such a nice trail and with the exception of picture taking and site seeing made good time. At the crossing of Red Rock Canyon Road I headed north for 1.1 miles and turned east toward Candelerio Peak on FR 4602 for 1.7 miles to the peak. Not a real interesting portion of the hike but the going is good. Once at the base of Candelerio Peak I headed up the northwest slope taking advantage of the old road that heads up to the summit. The road is a bit overgrown but easier than bush whacking. Good views all around from the summit, Santa Rita’s to the north in the distance and Red Mountain, Ashburn, Kunde, Indian Head Mountains closer by. Pretty much all of Red Rock Canyon is also visible. There is great cell service on top. Don’t know if they mined anything up on this peak but there are exploratory sites probably assessing the copper that colors the rocks on the top. I headed straight down the southern slope of Candelerio Peak and back to the Arizona Trail. This portion is mostly Bushwhacking but nothing terrible. This route is 1 mile to the AZT versus the 2.8 miles I came in on (45 minutes vs 1 hour).

Kunde Mountain has great views as did Candelerio Peak with better views of Huachuca Mountains and on a clear day as today Mount Lemmon and Rincon Peak. The climb up this peak I thought was tough. I Climbed up the southeast slope where the remnants of an old road going to the peak still barely exists. The road forms a Backward “Z”, catching this road at the upper zig in the road is highly recommended. This road on the lower slopes is pretty much nonexistent but on Google Earth the lower part of the “Z” can be seen and it might be better to catch the lower part of the road and do both the zig and the zag. I say this because bush whacking up the slope, while no real bushes to whack is rocky and covered in grass making it hard to navigate, especially when you’re winded. I headed for the zig in the road but never saw it and continued in an easterly direction where the road supposedly goes. I had to cross two rock slide areas that were what I considered dangerous especially since I was alone. These rock fields were unstable so as you crossed, the rocks below would slide and a few rocks above would move down to take their place. Just as I was thinking I might want to abandon this peak I looked down about 50 feet and there was the road. Not much of a road but it was easy walking once I got on it. This road will continue all the way to the peak. The top of the peak has a bluish grey mineral that I am unfamiliar with. It is hard to believe that at one time someone had a bull dozer up here, not much room to maneuver or turn around. I took a 30 minute break on top before heading down, this time down a gully on the southwest slope. This wasn’t much faster than going up except not as winded but the legs were more tired from fighting gravity. This was one of those few times I felt like a walking pole would have been useful for stability. I spent a lot of time on my butt, usually not voluntarily. Once off of Kunde slope I headed down a ridge and back to the AZT and Harshaw Road.

This was a good hike, lots of AEG, some hiking along excellent trails, a little road walking and some bush whacking. Other than the two hours on Kunde Mountain going two miles I felt pretty good the whole way, guess what ever was ailing me the last two weeks is gone.
_____________________
HAZ Member
markthurman53's
549 Photosets

  2018-11-08
  2018-11-01
  2018-10-29
  2018-10-12
  2018-10-12
  2018-10-10
  2018-09-14
  2018-09-14
  2018-09-14
  2018-09-13
  2018-08-29
  2018-08-29
  2018-08-29
  2018-08-29
  2018-08-28
  2018-08-28
  2018-08-28
  2018-08-22
  2018-08-22
  2018-08-22
1 ... 8,  9,  10,  11,  12,  13,  14 ... 28  
help comment issue

end of page marker