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Montezuma Peak Summit 4354
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Montezuma Peak Summit 4354Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 18 2018
trekkin_gecko
Hiking3.98 Miles 2,693 AEG
Hiking3.98 Miles   5 Hrs   41 Mns   0.76 mph
2,693 ft AEG      27 Mns Break
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1st trip
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joebartels
johnlp
JuanJaimeiii
was excited to get an invite for this one, as montezuma peak would complete the five major summits in the estrellas
quartz, estrella/hayes, butterfly and montezuma sleeping are the other four
all except quartz are off trail
this one might have been the most difficult at least per mile due to terrain and steepness
jj drove us in the jeep from the south
about 50 degrees as we set out toward the mine on a cairned trail
the old building was interesting, but the mines were mostly filled in
the route then goes up a drainage, featuring some nice smooth bedrock and a few pour offs that have to be negotiated
the drainage fades out and the grade steepens with some loose rock and sticker bushes
finally hit a ridgeline, and went to the peak through a gap on the east side of it
spent some time checking out the benchmark, views and summit register, taking photos and snacking
think joe and i were dreading the descent, mostly because of footing and the time it takes
the upper part was a challenge, and going was easier once back in the drainage
johnlp and i stayed in the drainage too long, and ended up north of the jeep, having to cut back
since neither of us recorded the track, we don't get any extra credit for that
it's a worthy peak, and not many people go up there
weather was perfect, although it was pretty hazy; now i'm hearing the haze might be from the california wildfires
always enjoy looking at the estrella mountain ridgeline from the valley, knowing that i've been on top of all those peaks :)
a good day out with the boys - a tough hike
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