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CAP - Sauceda Mountains, AZ
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CAP - Sauceda Mountains, AZ 
CAP - Sauceda Mountains, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 13 2020
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking5.14 Miles 973 AEG
Hiking5.14 Miles   5 Hrs   31 Mns   2.17 mph
973 ft AEG   3 Hrs   9 Mns Break
 
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Another hike in the Sauceda Mtns, south of Gila Bend and east of Rte 85.
You'll need a permit from the BMGR, to be in this area.

Peak 2085 is five miles west of Hat Mountain, and located off the same set of roads. Peak 2085 is a rather nondescript mountain, attached to a range of nondescript mountains.
CAP benchmark is on Peak 2085's high point.

Peak 2085 is on the 'deterioration-fast-track'. It's craggy, full of loose rocks and boulders, and has numerous cliff bands all over the place. Some of the cliff bands are also falling apart.
All this probably makes the peak a low contender on anyone's hike list.

My track up included two, 25 to 30 foot high cliff bands. I avoided one of them by trekking beside it until I found an opening.
The other cliff band had no such openings, so I had to climb up (and down), using the softest spot I could locate.
Prior to going down that spot, I took my backpack off, and lowered it down first, using parachute chord. All went well.

From the top of the peak, I had good views of the surrounding area.
To the east, I could see Hat Mountain's 'Hat' and 'Brim' - Too bad it was still in the shade.
To the west of Rte 85, Air Force fighters were busy firing missiles at targets, leaving plumes of white smoke over those targets.

I ran across numerous stashes of discarded, old clothes and other trash, (backpacks, clothing, batteries). They mostly were in little alcoves on the initial ridge I used, prior to getting to the cliff bands.
I also found a well made 'boulder wind-break' atop the mountain (with old clothing and trash). It was just ten feet from the buried benchmark disk. I assume that was a look-out post for bad guys.

The hike down was uneventful, even with that unavoidable cliff band I had to climb down.
The usual cholla and scree weren't too bad either, on my descent.
All in all - A good, solid hike.
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