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Geronimo HeadPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking6.10 Miles 2,359 AEG
Hiking6.10 Miles   5 Hrs   13 Mns   1.45 mph
2,359 ft AEG   1 Hour   1 Min Break
 
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Having closed out 2019 by hiking up to Thompson Peak, I wanted to start the New Year off with a hike that wasn't too long or too strenuous, but that was fun. Geronimo Head checked all of those boxes, so it was the choice to kick off 2020.

The portion of the hike up to Fragile Arch Saddle was well cairned and mostly easy to follow. Hiking from Fragile Arch Saddle up to the 2750 Saddle was similarly straightforward. Geronimo's Ravine looks intimidating, but once you start hiking into the ravine, it is really fairly easy. After going through the ravine and dropping into a wash, it was a matter of heading south up to a ridgeline. There were cairns marking the route, but you could probably head up about any way that you want. Up on the ridge there were good views of Canyon Lake and Battleship Mountain.

Once on the ridge just head east to Geronimo Head. On the way back the route heads up to Peak 3509 and then to a saddle just to the north of Peak 3509; from there the route heads west along a drainage until you wind up near the ravine; then it was just a matter of retracing steps back to the TH.

This is always a fun hike. The summit logbooks that I left on Geronimo Head and Peak 3509 in January, 2019 were still there, and there weren't many signatures. I did see that @hikerdw was there recently -- of course I already knew that from his triplog on this site.

There were lots of cars in the parking lot in Tortilla Flat after the hike -- only 4-5 cars had AZ tags, so I guess that snowbird season is in full swing.
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