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Hieroglyphics - 3465 Pikes Mill peaks, AZ
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Hieroglyphics - 3465 Pikes Mill peaks, AZ 
Hieroglyphics - 3465 Pikes Mill peaks, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 13 2019
Hiking14.69 Miles 3,445 AEG
Hiking14.69 Miles   8 Hrs   54 Mns   1.88 mph
3,445 ft AEG   1 Hour   5 Mns Break
We got started around 7:15am, just light enough to not need a headlamp. Headed out on Walkin' Jim trail. Lots of burro evidence, but none seen. With the grass growing in, the trail gets faint in places, but was overall pretty easy to follow. We made good time to Big Jim Trail then headed up to 3465. Trail was a little harder to spot in a few places, but we made it up without incident. Great views all around, with lots of snow cover on the northern horizon. It was still pretty early, so we only took a short break before heading back down. We ran across a group of 4 hikers near the bottom, but I don't think they were planning on heading up to the summit. Before the end of Big Jim, we cut southwest on a pretty good use path over to the next wash, then headed west to the ridge that leads up to Pikes. On the ridge, it's best to stay just barely to the right, basically hugging the rocks the entire way; we ended up a little too far to the right and were treated to more brush and a steeper hike up than necessary. Once we topped out, it's a fairly easy hike south to Pikes. We stopped there for a minute, then headed back down and continued north to Mill. Again, I like the easy scramble up to Mill, and the view gives a unique perspective of the sheer side of 3465. Once back down from Mill, we took a short lunch break, then headed back down the ridge. On the way back down, we did a much better job of sticking close to the ridgeline, and it was an easier descent. We got back to Big Jim, then continued the Walkin' Jim loop. The southern half of Walkin' Jim was much more difficult to follow, and we had to stop and look around for the next hint of trail or a cairn many times. We saw one burro on the return. Shortly before the end of the trail, it turns sharply north to circle around the north side of the hill directly west of the parking lot; there is a shortcut that cuts across the south end of the hill and eliminates some unnecessary mileage. We took that shortcut since we have both done the official trail before. Perfect weather all day today, and a nice day to do some off trail desert hiking.
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