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2020-01-13  
Malley Benchmark and Boulders, AZ
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Malley Benchmark and Boulders, AZ 
Malley Benchmark and Boulders, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 13 2020
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking3.45 Miles 726 AEG
Hiking3.45 Miles   3 Hrs   35 Mns   2.16 mph
726 ft AEG   1 Hour   59 Mns Break
 
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I was in Yuma for a couple days, and decided to work in a little hike while driving back to PHX. I also wanted to do some 'recon' in the area, for possible future hikes.

I got off I-8 at Dateland and went north, past the agricultural area, then drove into the, flat desert for thirty miles. There's a plateau out there, with a benchmark on its top. It was a good 'perch' to look around the area.

Most of the smaller mountains and plateaus in the area consist of basalt boulders, with very little vegetation on their tops. The lack of much vegetation can be said for the open, flat desert plains surrounding the bumps also.

I was surprised to see a couple of the "Usual Suspects" signed into the summit log, as I wouldn't expect this bump of a plateau to be worthy of their time.

Anyway, I located Malley Benchmark and its two reference marks, looked around the plateau a little bit, then dropped down to the 'flats' and looked for the Malley Azimuth mark.

Actually, I purposely parked right where the surveyors set the azimuth disk.
They pounded a pipe into the open, flat ground, right next to the road (in 1949), and put the disk atop the pipe. The pipe was only 6 inches above the flat ground.
I could see ATV tracks all over the place, so I assume off road vehicle enthusiasts got rid of the disk and the pipe years ago. That pipe wouldn't be good on tires if the pipe was run over.

All in all, an easy hike, and a successful recon of the area.
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