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Camp GH-FR609 Explore, AZ
mini location map2018-11-25
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Camp GH-FR609 Explore, AZ 
Camp GH-FR609 Explore, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 25 2018
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking2.90 Miles 629 AEG
Hiking2.90 Miles   2 Hrs   51 Mns   1.02 mph
629 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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This was the first day of a 5 night camping trip to explore an area in the West Sierra Ancha with Grasshopper. GH and I drove up to the SA in separate cars with me lagging about an hour behind. The plan was to set up a base camp at one of 3 alternative campsites on FR 609 which heads west off the Globe-Young Highway, HW 288, between McFadden Peak and the Board Tree Saddle. I stopped at a pull-out on the side of HW288 to take photos of Parker Creek Cny and Armer Mountain on the drive to FR 609. After a driving a short distance down FR 609 I encountered GH standing in the road to flag me down. He had found a campsite more suited to our needs after he had checked out our 3 planned alternatives.

After setting up my camp I decided to take an exploratory hike to the top of Peak 6391 a short distance SW of our campsite while GH continued the long 4+ hour setup of his camp. The off trail hike to the top of the peak was easy with clear openings between clumps of brush under the cover of tall pine trees. I was hoping to find signs of ancient Indian habitation on top of the peak but had no luck. However there was what appeared to be a faint trail flagged with fading red ribbon going SW from the peak. I could not resist the temptation to follow the flagged ribbons - perhaps it lead to an archaeology site or an old mine. The trail followed the top of a gently sloping ridge for about 0.9 miles to where the end of the ridge overlooked the upper end of Turkey Creek. Although the trail was faint it was clear of brush and passed under large alligator Junipers and tall pines. It was a pleasant hike with occasional views of McFadden Horse Mountain and McFadden Peak. However no archaeology sites or old mines were to be found so I returned to camp to find GH still hard at work setting up his camp kitchen.
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