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Peak 2972 - Usery Mountains
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Peak 2972 - Usery MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 16 2020
adilling
Hiking3.85 Miles 974 AEG
Hiking3.85 Miles   2 Hrs   43 Mns   1.78 mph
974 ft AEG      33 Mns Break
 
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The last time I hiked up to this mountain, I came from the west side of the ridge. It was in the 90’s before the Las Sendas development started. I think they had just broken ground on the golf course. The land it was built on was a ranch formerly owned by silent movie star Tom Mix. My friend grew up near there and we hiked up to the top of Peak 2959 to see the sunset.

I accessed the peaks from the other side this time around. I have long wanted to go back up to these cool peaks and I decide to head up. I have been researching the hike looking at others trip logs. I opted for the quickest route up along the wash.

I parked at the Lone Mountain TH and walked across Usery Pass Rd. The first .60 miles is along the sandy wash. Besides steep scree, sandy washes are my least favorite hiking terrain. But, it goes quickly. You reach a split in the wash with a small rise in the middle. That is the trail up to the peaks. Lots of mountain bikers and horse riders use this area. The trail up was easy to follow and goes through a series of switchbacks and elevation gain. When you reach the base of the peak, there is the remnants of an old mine. The trail splits. I took the trail to the left. I believe the trail to the right heads off along the side of the northern most peak, 2933.

The final push to the saddle is steep and has some sketchy spots, but it’s a quick push up. Once you get to the saddle area, you can see all three peaks lined up. 2959 is rocky with a US flag, 2972 is the tallest and has a registry and 2933 offered the best location for the sunset (IMHO).

I hiked up to 2972 first, signed the registry log and took a few pictures. There was another hiker over on top of 2959, waiting for the sunset as well. I opted to not head over there because the sunset was about 10-15 minutes off. I hiked over to the northern most peak, 2933, and waited for the sunset.

The lack of clouds made for a subdued sunset. It’s still always a nice way to end a day, sitting on top of a peak watching the sunset.

After waiting for the afterglow, I got my headlamp out and started down. The hike down was quick and I made back to the Lone Mountain Trailhead. The sandy wash is nicer going down. I did empty a few pounds of sand from my boots when I got home.

A nice hike with great views. I will head up here again and explore the ridges a little more.
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