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Stewart MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 18 2020
Hiking3.70 Miles
Hiking3.70 Miles   2 Hrs   56 Mns   1.26 mph
1 LBS Pack
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Nestled in-between SR 87 and Bush Highway sits Stewart Mountain. I have driven by it countless times but until yesterday did not even know it had a name. In fact, it was not until I looked at the summit registrar did I realize it was even called something. With my motorcycle somewhat hidden alongside the Bush Highway I maneuvered my way over a couple of barbed wire fences and was quickly engulfed in a sea of foxtails.

The desert is beautiful this time of year but the foxtails and thistles on this hike were fairly annoying. The drone of off-road vehicles, blaring music from cars and some really loud motorcycles were my companions for a bit of the hike until I got far enough and high enough away from the road the cacophonies became less noticeable.

The first of the three summits came fairly quickly and offered commanding views of Saguaro Lake and Weaver's Needle. A short descent into a neat valley and back up to the actual highpoint was nice. The final peak has what appears to be the most useless and oddly placed billboard in Arizona. I was told it has something to do with the Sheriff's Department, either way it is out of place and ugly.

I came down the obvious granite, boulder field gulley and eventually to the road. A 3/4 mile jaunt back to the motorcycle was perhaps the most dangerous part of the adventure.
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