|Hiking||15.97 Miles|| 6 Hrs 47 Mns ||2.80 mph|
|850 ft AEG|| 1 Hour 5 Mns Break|
||no linked trail guides|
|I did four hikes east of the Eagletail Mountains.|
I drove the Pipeline Rd, and stopped three times to do the four hikes.
The 16 mile distance above includes 7 miles in the car, and 9 miles hiking.
I adjusted the MPH.
(I turned on the GPS and kept it on throughout).
Hike #1 - Eagle Azimuth Mark - 1 Mile
In Jan 2019, I hiked up into the Eagletails, and located Eagle Benchmark, its two reference marks, plus a huge cairn that also is an actual benchmark. Surveyors placed the cairn on the east edge of the mountain, to make it visible from the easterly flat desert.
The cairn was totally dismantled when I got up there last year, so I rebuilt it.
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Sure enough, from the Eagle Azimuth Mark, I could see the cairn peeking at me.
On the hike last year, I ran out of time to locate the Eagle Azimuth Mark, so I took this short little trek, and located it.
In fact, Eagle Azimuth Mark was the impetus for driving to the area in the first place.
I chose other, rather quick hikes, to make the drive worthwhile.
Hike #2 - Centennial Benchmark on Centennial 1559 - 4 Miles
The car stayed parked, and I headed north northwest, across the open desert to one of the tiniest mountains I've ever hiked. From afar, it looks like any other 'mountain range', except it must have taken shrinking pills.
I located Centennial BM, and its reference marks, then hiked back to the car.
Hike #3 - Maricopa/Yuma Boundary Monument #33 - 3 Miles
I drove down Pipeline Rd a bit, and hiked NE to locate the marker, which was set atop a pipe. The big disk reads "Yuma County" 1918 "Maricopa County"
This was true in 1918. (Now It should read La Paz and Maricopa).
Some monuments along their shared border are frustums, but not this one.
Hike #4 - Court Benchmark on Court 1773 - 1 Mile
It's nice to be able to park, literally at the base of a mountain. This craggy, scree laden mountain is just east of Courthouse Rock, and I presume surveyors named the BM after the bigger mountain.
Court Benchmark, and its 2 RMs were easily located.
I located everything I set out to locate - Eight disks.
The Eagle Azimuth mark, and the County boundary monument locations were sketchy at best, but I lucked out and found them.
The views to the southwest, (Eagletails), were great. The views other directions were just OK.
Except for jumping in and out of the car alot, this "Hike/Drive Fest" was a fun little excursion.
|Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost|