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Westedge - Hickey Mtn - Martin - Rick Loop, AZ
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Westedge - Hickey Mtn - Martin - Rick Loop, AZ 
Westedge - Hickey Mtn - Martin - Rick Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 20 2019
joebartels
Hiking10.87 Miles 2,024 AEG
Hiking10.87 Miles   5 Hrs   57 Mns   2.20 mph
2,024 ft AEG   1 Hour   1 Min Break
 
1st trip
Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
Prologue
Needed to be back in the valley mid afternoon. Tolerable temps, intriguing, moderate and nearish was the goal. Two options graced my results yet lacked gripping intrigue. A little off trail adventure seemed to be the ticket. Figured if chance didn't pan out we'd be satisfied to abort with dignity. Westedge 7,619 on Hickey Mountain set the lure stage.

Hike
We utilized FR 106D passing Martin Tank to 7,619. Dandy morning temps along the high clearance road through a more scenic than anticipated forest had spirits up. FR 106D was peppered with car campers in various stages of post breakfast activity.

Westedge 7,619 - Hickey Mountain
BBF (Bruce Bitch Factor) wagered on bushwhacking to catclaw, heavier on an oven ascent later in the day. Off trail from the end of FR 106D up to the ridge of Hickey Mountain was pretty tame. Our 0.2 mi ridge adventure to 7,619 was vicious looking brush with no bite or snag. We were blessed in obviously not being pioneer explorers.

Nice 360 degree views included Humphreys and Granite Mtn. Plus new-to-us Hickey South & SE terrain.

Martin Canyon Trail #103
Hickey to Martin #103 was semi shady easy downhill travel. #103 down to #104 is one sweet forest canopy. Total bliss minus BBF boiling in the background.

Rick Tank Cutoff Trail #104
Tread is decent. Shade rest options are good. The segment void of tall pines has something to offer too.

Woodchute Trail #102
2 miles back. Most of which is a gentle descent is a strong late hike bonus utilizing clockwise on this loop. Views on this stretch are underrated. With a lite plate we checked out a tiny use trail to an unnamed pimple of a peak NW of 7,396. A very worthy 7 minutes of my life.

Synopsis
You win some, you lose some. Thankfully this gem is void of waterfalls, secrets and instalure!
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Hickey Tanks 26-50% full 26-50% full
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout

dry Little Tank Dry Dry
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Bone dry

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Turkey Tank 76-100% full 76-100% full
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Almost to the top of the dam about 3 feet shy

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Westedge Tank 1-25% full 1-25% full
About 15% to capacity

dry Woodchute Tank Dry Dry
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Woodchute Tank Upper 51-75% full 51-75% full
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout
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