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7 by photographer avatarShatteredArm
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Mound Mountain PeakGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Dec 22 2019
ShatteredArm
Run/Jog20.61 Miles 3,802 AEG
Run/Jog20.61 Miles   7 Hrs   39 Mns   2.71 mph
3,802 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I had been wanting to get to the top of Mound Mountain since I visited Circlestone 3-4 years back, and the opportunity presented itself yesterday. Moreso than Mound Mountain, I wanted to see what this area looks like post-Woodbury fire.

Rogers Trough itself looked largely intact, but a half mile down canyon, the devastation started, first with massive washouts, and then with completely destroyed vegetation. Rogers Canyon got pretty demolished.

Since Reavis Grave is said to be really easy to find now, so we kept an eye out... And sure enough, we stumbled on it just before the trail starts climbing out of the canyon. Spent a few minutes here, then continued... The stretch of trail up to the saddle got pretty beat up, with washouts in each of the side canyons.

Down into Reavis Creek, the first half mile or so was pretty wrecked, but then we started seeing patches of unburned pine trees. Not great, but better than I was expecting. Quite a bit of new material has been deposited in the creek, and a lot of it is almost unrecognizable.

Fireline trail had some really badly eroded stretches, but the Pine Creek drainage looks to have been mostly spared. The trail out to Circlestone is mostly burned, but the immediate vicinity was not.

Leaving Circlestone was new territory for me, we just headed for the Ponderosas (there's a good unburned patch downslope from Mound), and then up through some scratchy oak to the summit ridge to an outcropping, and then an easy traverse to the summit. Took about 30 minutes from Circlestone to Mount Mtn; all things considered it's a pretty easy bushwhack.

The way back was a little quicker; below the grave I decided to just stay in the wash, which used to be choked with vegetation, but is now nice and wide (it even had running water).

Whoever goes up there next...bring a pen for the register. It is currently without one.
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