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2019-11-16  
CODY BM - Gila Bend Mountains, AZ
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CODY BM - Gila Bend Mountains, AZ 
CODY BM - Gila Bend Mountains, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 16 2019
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking4.13 Miles 1,066 AEG
Hiking4.13 Miles   5 Hrs   35 Mns   1.94 mph
1,066 ft AEG   3 Hrs   27 Mns Break
 
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CODY is located on a craggy mountain top, in the Picacho Hills. Picacho Hills is in the eastern portion of the Gila Bend Mtns, south of the Eagletail Mtns.

I hiked up a drainage, to the right of the mountain, near a vertical wall, thinking that once I got to a saddle and turned left, I could easily hike to the top.
Well, to my surprise, that vertical wall continued past the saddle, and down to a valley. From the saddle the mountain appeared to be in a fortress. I had to go far downhill from the saddle, and locate a safe place to climb over this mean stone wall.

Once over the wall (and after marking a waypoint, so I could find my notch through the wall on my return), I had to again hike up, to get to the ridgeline, and make my way to the benchmark area. Note my interesting GPS track, before and after, the wall snafu.
Cholla, scree, and very loose, rock plates made the last climb portion challenging.

There are two benchmarks atop this weathered mountain top, only seven inches apart.
One is a normal disk (1950) and the other is a, now rusted, railroad spike (no date noted). Both are named CODY, and the RR spike precedes the disk. The RR spike has a triangle on it, but that's the only discernible etching that is readable now, due to rust. If you 'squint' at the RR spike long enough, you can talk yourself into seeing "Cody".
My "magic FF dust" made the RR spike harder to read.

Next to the two BMs is a large cairn. It's on the edge of the peak, and is easily seen from the desert floor. I cautiously looked for a summit log in the cairn, but since pack rats have claimed it as their home, I didn't look too aggressively.

On the way down, and once through the wall, my travel was uneventful.
This rather smallish 'Picacho Hills', is home to Big Horn sheep, and the Az Game & Fish Dept keep an eye on their numbers.
I noticed alot of their scat, but saw no sheep.

I'll be back in this area soon, as I have some other things besides 'disks' to locate and photograph. This whole area is alot of fun, and quite easy to get to.
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