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Eagletail PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2020
Jim_H
Hiking9.80 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking9.80 Miles   6 Hrs   45 Mns   1.57 mph
2,000 ft AEG      30 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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I set out only to get as far as the base of the technical climbing. However, I questioned how close I would get after reading reports of class 4 coming off the knife edge. Even though I only got as far as the high point of the knife edge, it was pretty much a summit and was exactly what I wanted to hike, or scramble. I found the ridge warm, and I expect that it gets hot once spring and summer arrive and temperatures warm.

The desert hiking approach is quiet, but nothing spectacular. Hiking to the saddle reminded me a lot of Woolsey. The fun began once above the saddle, and the views on the ridge are excellent. The perspective here allows me to pick out the Mohawk Range, as well as the small knob Mohawk Peak north of I-8, the Copper Mountains, plus the Gila Mountains. Also, the usual Kofa summits, and the routine summits in the western desert.

Part of why I only got so far was the rough terrain which is slippery. I initially had my doubts about crossing the knife edge, as it was very rough on my feet and ankles, but it was shorter than I thought. I also spent some time exploring around the ridge below the knife edge.

Because I have the ability, and because I've been seeing them a lot these days:
[ youtube video ]

This is my second time in this range and I'm basically 0/2 for seeing any large animals. Quail in the desert washes, raptors on the drive out, and small birds in the desert, but I don't recall seeing anything once above the saddle.
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