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2020-02-20  
Rice Peak - Pinal Co Hi Point - Silly Mtn, AZ
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Rice Peak - Pinal Co Hi Point - Silly Mtn, AZ 
Rice Peak - Pinal Co Hi Point - Silly Mtn, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 20 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking10.60 Miles 3,415 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles
3,415 ft AEG
 
1st trip
I have had the Pinal County High Point on my Radar screen for a while, so I decided to head towards Tucson and add Pinal County to my AZ County High Point list. I have now done 10 of the 15 AZ county high pointers, and hope to get at least 4 of the 5 done in the coming months. I still have to figure out what to do about Mount Graham.

I drove down and took FR 29 from Peppersauce Campground for about 1.5 miles and parked. As it turned out I could have driven another 3/4 mile or so and parked at the junction with 29-4472-4475. I was fine with parking where I was to make a more legitimate hike out of it. I think that a 2WD vehicle with decent clearance could go about a mile from the campground, but if you went much further than that it would be better in a 4WD vehicle.

My route on the way up went from FR 29 to FR 4472 to FR 4483, which led up to Rice Peak. Then I did an easy off-trail descent down the north slopes of Rice to the Pinal County High Point. I then retraced my steps back up to Rice Peak and then back to FR 4483. This time, when I got the 4483-4475 junction, I took FR 4475 just to take a different route back. I believe that @chumley drove up this road when he bagged the Pinal Hi Point, and there were some steep, steep sections of the road, which would for sure make for an adventurous drive.

On my way back into town I was driving through Gold Canyon and decided to stop off and bag Silly Mountain, since I had never done it. There is actually a decent trail system through there with lots of trails -- where else can you do a 1.8 mile hike and be on 7 trails? I did a short loop and bagged Silly Mountain, and there were a number of other trails that I did not go on.

The mileage and AEG for the 2 hikes are as follows:
Rice Peak/Pinal Co High Point: 8.8 miles with an AEG of 2,949'
Silly Mountain: 1.8 miles with an AEG of 466'

The stats above are the sum of these two.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
There were a few wildflowers in bloom on Silly Mountain -- quite a few brittlebush and globemallow, and a few creosote bush and blue dicks.
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