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Buckhorn Mountains Hi Pt 4565
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Buckhorn Mountains Hi Pt 4565Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2020
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking6.90 Miles 2,192 AEG
Hiking6.90 Miles   7 Hrs   49 Mns   1.77 mph
2,192 ft AEG   3 Hrs   55 Mns Break
 
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At 4,565 feet, Buckhorn Mountain is the highest point in this mountain range. I have read that it is also known as 'Crater Benchmark'.
(There are quite a few 'Buckhorn Mtns' in Az. This one is between Winkelman, and Pleasant Lake Reservoir, in Yavapai County).

The area was once very prolific in mining, and prospecting. Plus, I believe some ranching still goes on, due to the "Watch where you step" methodology I had to employ.

I did a clockwise loop, with the, 'up to the mountain', being mostly a curved track, going up and down many mountains and ridges.
Once off Buckhorn Mtn, it was more of a straightforward descent, with the added attraction of using the 'A D Wash' for awhile.

The only negative on the way up was traversing around the side of one of the many mountains.
The area had very thick vegetation, with barely visible, loose rocks/boulders.
We humans like to walk upright, but traversing a mountainside with a pitch of 30 to 40 degrees, is a good way to strain the heck out of your 'human' feet, and ankles. Good thing that area was short lived.
Of course, the USGS surveyors wouldn't want to hear any of my whining, as they used a helicopter, to get up there in 1963.

Wonderful views up there - That alone made the hike worthwhile.
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