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Mt. Higher, AZ
mini location map2019-12-22
3 by photographer avatarrcorfman
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Mt. Higher, AZ 
Mt. Higher, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 22 2019
rcorfman
Hiking2.34 Miles 961 AEG
Hiking2.34 Miles   2 Hrs   29 Mns   1.00 mph
961 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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This was a rough hike with steep cholla covered climbs and descents. It was a fair bit of work and a lot of driving for not even three miles walked. The impetus for this venture was to find a geocache, Mt. Higher, published almost four years ago that has been found only once before.

I parked 3/4 crow miles from the cache. The terrain looked pretty rugged and I picked a peak and planned a route to it. A ways out, I realized I picked the wrong peak of several along a ridge. At that point, I figured it would be best to just head up to the ridge, then work my way to the correct one.

Thankfully, the footing was fairly good most of the way even with a lot of scree and steep enough where I used my hands frequently. The real problem was picking my way through the cholla covered pitches and working my way around many ravines.

Once on the ridge, it wasn't a simple walk as I still had to work my way round a few cliffs then find my way up the final peak as I was cliffed out along the ridge.

Once on the right peak, I found the cache, then headed back to my truck. I basically descended off the opposite side of the peak than I ascended. It ended up easier and I was able to take better advantage of the terrain. All in all, it was a difficult yet fun jaunt in the mountains south and west of Quartzsite.
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