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Hieroglyphics - 3465 Pikes Mill peaks, AZ
mini location map2020-02-08
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Hieroglyphics - 3465 Pikes Mill peaks, AZ 
Hieroglyphics - 3465 Pikes Mill peaks, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 08 2020
LindaAnn
Hiking14.87 Miles 3,465 AEG
Hiking14.87 Miles   9 Hrs   14 Mns   1.75 mph
3,465 ft AEG      43 Mns Break
 
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I like to visit these peaks once a year before the weather gets too warm, and today seemed like a good day to get them checked off the list. We got started a little after 0800 and headed west on Walkin' Jim trail. Easy hiking, with the trail generally easy to follow. Turned right onto Big Jim Trail and took it up to 3465. The trail from the saddle up to the summit has become more defined, and it's now pretty easy to avoid scrambling through the rocks just below the summit--there's now a clear path that stays just below those rocks. Short break at the summit before heading back down.

We turned off Big Jim and headed down to the wash to make our way over to Pikes and Mill. This has become more overgrown since last winter and the ridge heading west up from the wash was very brushy compared to prior trips. Slow progress through here, but I generally stayed pretty close to the right of the ridge and once up top, it was just a matter of avoiding the endless cholla on the way over to the peaks. Visited Pikes first, then Mill, before heading back down the ridge and through the wash. Once back on Big Jim, we headed over to Walkin' Jim to complete the loop.

As usual, the southern half of Walkin' Jim is much more vague and difficult to follow. Got off track in a couple of places, but we were able to find the trail again quickly each time. Took the shortcut near the end to shave off a chunk of distance around a hill. Finished up close to 1730. Nice day for this one, although it was a little warm due to the lack of breeze almost the entire time.
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