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Cortez Peak, AZ
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Cortez Peak, AZ 
Cortez Peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 20 2020
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking4.75 Miles 1,121 AEG
Hiking4.75 Miles   4 Hrs   59 Mns   1.91 mph
1,121 ft AEG   2 Hrs   30 Mns Break
 
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Cortez Peak is located in the Gila Mountain Range, and it's home to a benchmark.
There's a mining road off of Agua Caliente Rd that leads to a defunct mine/prospect, at the base of Cortez Pk. That road is "Arva" Caliente Rd.

I looked at this hike years ago, and put it on a 'waiting list', mostly due to having no info on that 9 mile mine road. Arva Caliente Rd is mostly on flat terrain, but I needed some current input on its condition.
One of my many sources of intel, about a 'new-to-me' area is the geocache site. Occasionally, I'll get current info of road conditions etc from a geocacher's comments.
For years, I had no intel on that road.

Then, less than a year ago, a geocacher set 25 geocaches, 1/10 TH of a mile apart, along Arva Caliente Rd, with the last ones near the end, by the defunct mine. Dozens of geocachers took the road to do their thing. I had my road conditions.
I don't geocache for a living, but at the end of my hike, I stopped at one of the 25 placed geocaches, and logged in. It's the least I could do for the intel I got on the road.

Cortez benchmark, and its two reference marks, were set in 1949, atop Cortez Pk, while Cortez Azimuth mark was set in 1950, near the mine.
I also knew about a 'Height Modernization Survey Station', set near the mine in 1999. It's long name basically means (to a hiker), that it's a survey point done by Maricopa DOT. It's a good example of the 'modern way' survey marks are set.

The actual hike to the highest peak was rather short, but very steep. Once up there, I realized there's about five or six peaks, all in a row. All just tiny, lined up peaks, filled with rocks and boulders. It looked a little like Four Peaks in miniature.

Cortez Pk is a perfect spot to get great photos of well known mountain ranges and peaks, "IF" you have good weather. My WX was very windy, hazy, and humid, along with alot of cloud cover. My photos are weak, because of mother nature.
She's my 'scapegoat' anyway. :)
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