|GUNSITE - Harcuvar Mountains, AZ|
|GUNSITE - Harcuvar Mountains, AZ|| |
GUNSITE - Harcuvar Mountains, AZ
|Hiking||4.20 Miles|| 6 Hrs 25 Mns ||1.20 mph|
|2,343 ft AEG|| 2 Hrs 55 Mns Break|
||no linked trail guides|
|Gunsite benchmark is located on a nondescript peak in the Harcuvar Mountain Range, at 4457 Ft.|
Since I've already hiked up to Smith Pk (5242), the highest peak in the Harcuvars, and also hiked up to Harcuvar Pk (4618), I thought I'd hit the 'trifecta', with Gunsite BM.
Gunsite is located on a peak almost midway, in the 25 mile long Harcuvar Mtn Range.
It's just above Happy Camp Canyon, and NE of the Webber Mine area.
- The last 12 miles of the drive (on soft dirt/sand, with lots of encroaching shrubs) actually turned out OK - No backtracking & no Arizona pin stripes.
- I located all four disks related to Gunsite.
"HOW TO SLOW A HIKER DOWN" - Stuff:
- I had a boot sole start to delaminate, about half way up to the top of the ridge I was using.
I repaired it with tape (I thought). Boulders & scree kept ripping my repair job, making for a very slow ascent. Many stops to re-tape.
I took a direct track up, following a ridge that would lead me to the Gunsite Azimuth mark disk. This 'ridge up' was 60% boulder walls, making travel very slow, as I had to locate slots in the walls to continue my climb.
The azimuth disk was set on its own separate knoll, about a quarter mile from the benchmark knoll. I had to 'de-rock' a huge cairn to get to the azimuth disk. Some of the boulders, stacked up to make the cairn, were larger than a microwave. Those 1948 surveyors must have been musclemen.
I then made my way to the BM knoll, via a saddle, and located the BM disk and it's two RM disks. The BM disk was hiding on me, but through my expert skill & cunning, (OH - And referring to the BM's datasheet), I found the hiding disk.
Beautiful views from atop the Harcuvars.
I stayed off the boulder bumpy ridge on the way down, and chose a wide, steep drainage, in the hopes the drainage would be a better choice for my delaminating boot.
The repair tape was no challenge for the scree on the way down. Heck - Going down, I even tried electrical-cable-ties on the boot sole. The cable ties did work a little better.
All in all, a good hike in a very remote area. I will bet those four disks haven't been seen since 1948, when they were cemented into their boulders.
Now, I'm off to the boot store.
|Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost|