|Hiking||7.67 Miles|| 7 Hrs 10 Mns ||2.12 mph|
|1,677 ft AEG|| 3 Hrs 33 Mns Break|
||no linked trail guides|
|Only 3 Haz members have logged hikes to Rugged Mesa, and all three just used the mesa as part of their track, to get to there real destination - Turret Peak.|
I chose to hike up Rugged Mesa as a destination, because I knew my reason for going up there may take all day. (Turret Pk can wait, as a stand-alone hike).
There's a symbol on some TOPO maps, of a triangle on Rugged Mesa.
It could be either a triangulation station (for we hikers, a benchmark), or possibly a 'GLO' Mark (General Land Office survey disk). The symbol appears to be almost, but not quite, at a point where four sections of land intersect, so it could be a GLO mark, yet most TOPOs indicate a 'benchmark' with that triangle symbol.
GLO marks are usually disks set on a pipe, extending up about a foot or two.
As most know, benchmarks are usually round disks, set in a cement block, or in a bedrock boulder.
Also the USGS has set many 'benchmarks' without a disk. They just etched/carved a number in a boulder, and that etching/carving is the benchmark location. (See my Joe's Hill hike).
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The fourth thing the symbol could be is ….. nothing at all.
The mesa is about 2 miles long, and about 3/4s of a mile at its widest.
I drove to the base of Rugged Mesa, and hiked up.
Most of the mesa is ringed (at the top edge) with protective boulder walls, or just great big boulders. After finding a soft spot through the boulders, I was greeted with rather easy hiking atop the mesa. Tall grasses, 5 Ft high shrubs, including Cat Claw, and boulders of all sizes are up there.
Also, some hardwoods are present, showing signs of a long ago fire.
I hiked to the 'triangle symbol' area, and started searching.
A zillion boulder outcrops are in this area, plus alot of shrubs and trees. I stood on boulders for height, and scanned areas, looking for disks, any lumber, etchings in boulders, and short pipes coming out of the ground.
Finally, while scanning my 4th or 5th section, I saw what appeared to be a pipe, about 100 feet away.
It 'was' a pipe, and it had a disk atop the pipe.
It was a GLO mark, designating where 4 sections of land meet.
YIPPEE for me.
Still curious about that triangle symbol on TOPOs, I did search that specific area for a disk, and for etchings/carvings in boulders. I saw nothing else 'man-made', so I took photos of the 'disk-on-a-pipe', and then just wandered around Rugged Mesa.
I descended the mesa at a different location, for variety.
It was a much longer, arduous track down, and not recommended. Very thick vegetation, on very steep terrain.
As my curiosity was satisfied, I call the hike a success, and alot of fun.
|Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost|