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Peak 3465 - Hieroglyphic MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2020
rcorfman
Hiking11.26 Miles 2,055 AEG
Hiking11.26 Miles   6 Hrs      2.11 mph
2,055 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 
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Last January, a friend hid a geocache out this way. Finding it entails taking the Walkin' Jim Trail and Big Jim Trail to the top of Peak 3465 in Hells Canyon Wilderness. It's a field puzzle so you need to find certain rock formations, or "demons" on the way to find where the cache is actually hidden (outside the wilderness). Unfortunately, I missed a demon so made this an out and back looking for it on my return.

The trailhead was fairly full, mostly from trucks with their ATV trailers. I rode my motorcycle out so didn't have any problem finding a place to park.

The trails were in better condition than I remember them being the last time I was out this way, over ten years ago. The Walkin' Jim trail is easy to follow and there was a fair bit of wild flowers. There was a lot of pools with some trickle in Cottonwood Creek, water wouldn't be an issue on an overnight. At the junction of Walkin' Jim and Big Jim trails, I passed a couple out with their dog. They must have done the loop or turned back because I didn't see them again.

Big Jim trail is a bit rougher than Walkin' Jim, especially once it starts climbing. The climb is steep at times; my lack of fitness really showed. The trail wasn't difficult to follow until the last push to the summit where it was more difficult to spot the cairns pointing the way.

The views along the way and at the top are spectacular and kept the walk most enjoyable.

On the way back, I saw two separate hikers. One was an elderly man that either took a tumble and bloodied his face, or he just got a nose bleed. He wasn't looking the best but was near the trailhead and moving fine.
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