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Carr Peak, AZ
mini location map2019-10-11
5 by photographer avatarN8TRGRL
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Carr Peak, AZ 
Carr Peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 11 2019
N8TRGRL
Hiking8.15 Miles 2,313 AEG
Hiking8.15 Miles   6 Hrs   57 Mns   1.52 mph
2,313 ft AEG   1 Hour   36 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Day two, we hairpin-switchbacked 10 miles up a slow-go forest road passing nobody.
When we arrived at the trailhead there were no other vehicles however, an ominous mini blimp hovered overhead. We later learned it to be from the military base, Fort Huachuca, to catch illegal passage into the US. Much of our trail research warned of the possibility of contact with smugglers. The only smuggling experience we encountered was the pie I smuggled in my pack from our B&B 😉
This hike instantly lets you know who's boss by immediately introducing you to the up-up-and-away over an exposed stretch of ankle rollers aka doll heads. Keep your eye on the yellow prize, for that golden peak far ahead isn't awash in wildflowers. Nope, that's a fledgling aspen grove attempting a valiant comeback after two fires erased this area.
This hike gives and gives despite the consistent huff up. The 8+ miles and 2350aeg are paid back with the most impressive views. We encountered wildflowers, desert plants, blue firs, juniper, aspens and maples with peeks of surrounding ranges at a couple of teasing lookouts.
Keep going.
Your efforts are again rewarded atop Carr Peak which is one of the many sky islands in this majestic part of Arizona. It's said that on the clearest of days, when on a sky island, one can see many or most other Arizona sky islands! We didn't have such luck as it was hazy, seemingly smoky and breezy. It didn't matter- the views were among the top ten, no top five, correction, top three- heck, maybe even the top two of any peak I've been on. Peak 10420 in Utah is a contender. But this was pretty sweet even rivaling views from atop Kendrick or Humphreys. Our view to the east was of an equally yellow-painted peak, Miller Peak which, with better planning would make for an awesomely delicious double peak bagging kind of day. We opted to cruise around the backside to try to hook up with the AZT but fading daylight and Mexican food calling to us (La Casita in Sierra Vista-- good food, good service) had us turn back to combat the hairy forest road that teeters on sheer edges. We exited the trail just as the sun set and a full moon rose into a lilac sky. The drive down was as pretty as the amble up since Sierra Vista put on her finest twinkling diamonds as she lay peacefully elegant in the falling darkness.
This was a wonderfully rewarding day. Our hard work paid off. Weather was perfect. Only four others up top until we loaded out and passed a family, dad smoking a cig, fresh dog doo and TP on the trail down 😡 smh
Glad we departed when we did.
Glad it didn't detract much from an incredible day in the Huachucas 😊
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Autumn Foliage Observation Light
Yellow fledgling aspens
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Yes, asters, yellow sunflowers, etc
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