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Double Eagle - Eagletail Mountains Wilderness
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Double Eagle - Eagletail Mountains WildernessSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 01 2019
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking3.56 Miles 1,194 AEG
Hiking3.56 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   1.61 mph
1,194 ft AEG   3 Hrs   17 Mns Break
 
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The peak that Double Eagle benchmark is on, is very well guarded by one main vertical cliff wall.
Higher up, there are more, almost vertical obstacles guarding the peak. No big deal - It just takes a bit of time to figure out the best and safest way to the top.

From the desert floor, some drainages up appear doable, but are not - They cliff-you-out.
I have a suspicion the first surveyors had a couple false starts before finding the route up that worked for them. I believe that, because of where they parked. (Near a drainage 'up', that I don't believe is doable).
Surveyors chose a break in the main cliff wall further north, that does work OK.

My early AM hike up my chosen cliff opening was wet, from dew on all the plants. My boots were soaked, and normal boulder hopping was on wet boot-bottoms. It got a bit slippery at times.
Once above that major cliff wall, and after the sun took the dew away, the travel up was easier.

After I was done on the Double Eagle BM peak, (but still above the main cliffs), I took a horizontal stroll south and said 'No', 'No' and 'No', to quite a few possible escape routes to the flat desert below. If I lived near the Eagletails, I'd go back out there and investigate more.

After my stroll, I backtracked and went down a tiny drainage that connected to the 'cliff split' I used to get up top. Even that tiny drainage gave me pause in a few spots. (Steep, but short drop-offs).

The desert floor is amazingly green, and really shows off its splendor in the sun.
Plus the low, early morning sun made that main vertical wall almost glow. Cool.
Enjoy the photos.
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