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Montezuma Peak Summit 4354Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2019
Jim_H
Hiking9.00 Miles 2,900 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   7 Hrs      1.42 mph
2,900 ft AEG      40 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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I would like to think that today's hike opens the 2019-2020 winter desert peak bagging season. So, it does, for me at least. Consider it preseason scrimmage time if still too hot for you.

Parked near the north end of the Seven Mile range and walked across the open desert to the official TH. Linda and I couldn't find the access road in April, and this time I did notice it while driving by, but I felt safer not going up a wash. My hike added miles and AEG, so it was fine. It was too hot for us in April, anyway. Perfect weather for me today.

These Estrella summits are always an earned summit. Even with the trail to the mine, or whatever that is, the rest of the hike is typically rough. Perhaps because so steep, or because I haven't been out here off trail since December, this felt especially hard at the upper levels.

The summit was enjoyable, and the last scramble parts are always the best. Montezuma Peak was woke up, but felt a lot like Montezuma Sleeping's last 100'.
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