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Peak 3465 - Pikes Peak - Mill, AZ
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Peak 3465 - Pikes Peak - Mill, AZ 
Peak 3465 - Pikes Peak - Mill, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 23 2019
Hiking15.70 Miles 4,019 AEG
Hiking15.70 Miles   9 Hrs   26 Mns   2.08 mph
4,019 ft AEG   1 Hour   54 Mns Break
1st trip
I was looking for a hike that had some distance and elevation gain, and also offered some peaks to bag. I decided to head to the Hieroglyphic Mountains near Lake Pleasant and do this hike. I had hiked up to Peak 3465 twice before, but had never done Pikes Peak(3,177') or Mill(3,189') before. Pikes and Mill were off-trail, and I stolecopied tracks that @LindaAnn and @trekkin_gecko uploaded from their hike to these 2 peaks back in January of this year.

From the trailhead, I started out on the Walkin Jim trail, and did the loop CCW. Once I got to the Big Jim Trail junction, I took the Big Jim Trail up to Peak 3465. It was a fun scramble up to the summit of Peak 3465. On the way back down, a short distance before getting back to the Walkin Jim trail, I took off on an off-trail jaunt up to Pikes and Mill. I pretty closely followed the route that @LindaAnn and @trekkin_gecko used. It was a little steep and slippery for part of the hike up and down, but it wasn't too bad of a bushwhack. Once on top it was easy following a ridgeline up to Pikes Peak first, and then to Mill. I took the same route back down to the Big Jim Trail, and then went back to the Walkin Jim trail. Once back to the Walkin Jim trail, I continued on the loop back to the TH. Route finding on the southern portion of the Walkin Jim trail was a bit of a challenge at times: the trail was often more faint than it was on the northern section of the trail and there weren't as many cairns. I got off track a few times, and I was glad that I had a GPS track to follow.

On the way back on the southern part of the Walkin Jim trail I saw 7 burros, and heard a lot more. I have seen wild burros each of the 3 times that I have hiked the southern section of the Walkin Jim Trail, but have never seen any on the northern section.

In the morning, on the northern section of the Walkin Jim Trail I came across a bovine bull standing in the middle of the trail. I stopped and watched him for a few minutes, hoping that he would move. He eventually moved about 10 feet off the trail and stopped. I decided to just circle around him and continue on my way -- fortunately the bull did not seem ornery. I think that I would rather deal with a bear or a mountain lion than a really mean domestic bull.

Once on top of the ridge connecting Pikes and Mill, it was an easy walkup to get up to Pikes Peak. There was a bit of scrambling to get on top of Mill, and I had to make my way through a cholla mine field on my way up to the Mill summit. There were a couple of memorials to deceased hikers on Pikes Peak, which was interesting to see.
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Lake Pleasant Pikes Peak
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. -- Edward Abbey
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