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Hutch & Mahan Mountains Loop, AZ
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Hutch & Mahan Mountains Loop, AZ 
Hutch & Mahan Mountains Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 16 2020
CannondaleKid
Hiking6.40 Miles 1,397 AEG
Hiking6.40 Miles   3 Hrs   32 Mns   1.92 mph
1,397 ft AEG      12 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
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Yesterday, after finally completing AZT #28 Tracey asked if there were any peaks nearby I wanted to check off my to-do list and sure enough there were!

So, right after breakfast we packed up and drove to a point between Hutch and Mahan Mountains so we could do a loop or two out-and-backs from the same spot.

Not having mapped out the route to get from our camp (the same one as on our previous trip in late August) to that point, we followed FR 135A instead of FR 135... BIG difference! 135 is good for a reasonable clearance car while 135A was rocky and very slow going... at least it wasn't wet & muddy.

For Hutch it was a reasonably quick the road-walk up to the Communications Site, across to the Lookout and back to the car for a 5-minute snack before heading over toward Mahan.

Based on my limited research of Mahan it should have been reasonably easy. I knew the old forest road hadn't been used in years but thought it would still be good enough to follow for most of the way up... which it was for a hundred yards, when it simply disappeared, and even the elk trails wandered off to the side. So as it turned out fully half of our ascent was bush-whacking through thick and thorny vegetation. Definitely NOT what Tracey had bargained for when she proffered the peak-bagging!

But what-do-you-know! Halfway up we encountered an actual road leading toward the summit. Although it wasn't an authorized forest road, it appeared to have been reasonably well-used by ATV's. We didn't let that stop us from following it all the way to the summit. Maybe 1/4 mile from the summit we encountered a large tree which had recently fallen across the road, blocking all vehicular access to the summit.
(I say recent because there were still signs of ATV tracks on the other side of it and there was absolutely NO way to get around it.)

We took a short break at the summit, checking out the well, the four bases which had supported a tower a sometime in the past and a large boulder at the actual summit which appeared to have the name "John Pome" along with other words below and finally a "1922" at the bottom. But instead of being scratched into the surface similar to a petroglyph, the characters were actually raised as in relief.

Thanks to the road we now knew existed it was a pretty easy hike back down to FR 135A and back to the car. Two peaks down and one more to go... Yup! When Tracey gives the thumbs-up with ok, let's bag some peaks I'm not about to let her off too easy.
(Spoiler alert, the last one will be quicker and easier)
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