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Kentuck Mountain 5013 - Tonto NF
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Kentuck Mountain 5013 - Tonto NFPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 06 2020
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking5.30 Miles 1,740 AEG
Hiking5.30 Miles   7 Hrs   37 Mns   0.70 mph
1,740 ft AEG
 
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This hike to Kentuck Mountain starts from a parking pullout along the Seven Creeks Road about 0.6 road miles past the bottom of Rackensack Canyon. It passes through a residential area along Camp Creek to cross the creek and start up the hill. Rather than taking the direct route straight up the ridge line to the mountain, I chose to follow the Maricopa Trail to where it reaches it's nearest point to the mountain top then start the 0.6 mile off trail trek to the mountain. This significantly reduces total off trail bushwhacking distance but increases one-way hiking distance by 0.9 miles. On the return I took the direct route down the ridge and after stumbling over ankle twisting rocks hidden in tall grass for 2 miles I decided that the longer route definitely has its merits.

The Maricopa Trail makes for a pleasant stroll with its smooth surface and gentle grade. Taking this route also has an added bonus of passing by an ancient rock pile if you're interested in that sort of thing. :DANCE: The wildflowers were moderate but not as abundant as what I'd seen 2 days earlier on a hike only 2-3 miles away off of Horseshoe Dam Road. The lush spring-time green hillsides were a treat for someone who still misses the green of Oregon after living here for 8 years. The 0.6 mile off-trail to the mountain top has some steep sections leaving me a little short on energy when I reached the top. So after enjoying the views I decided to take a short nap. But just as I started clearing a space to lay down for a few Z's a military jet came streaking out of nowhere just above the top of the mountain with a very loud roar. I only had about 2 seconds warning before it was directly overhead. It must have been flying at close to the speed of sound. I was so startled that I dropped to the ground and took cover in the tall grass. But I quickly recovered and took a 40 minute nap. Nothing keeps an old geezer from his naps.:zzz:

The return route down the ridge required crossing back and forth over a barbed wire fence just enough times to get really annoying. The ground was covered with rocks of all sizes and were often hidden in tall grass requiring careful progress to avoid twisting an ankle. Offering some compensation to these inconveniences, only minor variations in a straight line route were needed to avoid pushing through brush. Plus, taking this route on the return satisfied my need to avoid returning over the same ground I'd come in on.
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