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Cabeza BM - High Point
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2019-12-20  
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Cabeza BM - High PointSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 20 2019
Jim_H
Hiking13.00 Miles 1,900 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles   7 Hrs   50 Mns   1.86 mph
1,900 ft AEG      50 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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The winter sunshine and clear, dry air have been fantastic for hiking and visibility lately. Down here, the air doesn't turn smoggy after a few days, so it remains clear. Perfect conditions for hiking and enjoying a winter summit. Though I do generally prefer warmer spring days and nights, and longer days.

The drive in and out went smoothly, just deep sand but the Outback takes it well.

Camping at the TH both nights was clear and cold, and also incredibly still and silent. Listening to the blood flow through your ears silent. Pretty much that quiet before sunset, too. It started warm for the winter solstice, low 60s, but dropped both nights into the middle and lower 30s. Not a fan. I come to hike, not party or socialize, so I skip fires when I camp and was in bed by 6 PM both nights. More due to cold than sleeping. Stars are impressive out here, but the light pools from cities to the east and northwest are very obtrusive. My guess is Phoenix and Los Angeles.

The hike went very smooth. The 2-track and desert crossing was easy, wide open views. A party that peaked and registered on 12/10 left tracks that increased confidence, even when not needed. They also left a gallon catch of water that I removed and have since consumed. Thanks. I cracked the seal, so it was safe. It was also placed on top of new, green seedlings from the recent rain.

In the wash travel was easy. I climbed some hills and benches to view the south ridge and cliffs. Determining which canyon to enter is pretty simple. I was aided by my printed map with a GPS route. Thanks, internet!

Once in the deep canyon, it was a very simple scramble to the top. I was shocked and upset to have cell service. Back in 1965, when the peak register was placed by the Desert Peaks Chapter of the Sierra Club that would have been unthinkable.

Views were great and very clear. Sea of Cortez, 2 active dune fields, lots of attractive recognizable summits and ranges. Well worth the trip and very enjoyable.
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