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2020-10-26  
Keystone - Placer - 6180, AZ
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Keystone - Placer - 6180, AZ 
Keystone - Placer - 6180, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 26 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking9.50 Miles 2,151 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   4 Hrs   7 Mns   2.91 mph
2,151 ft AEG      51 Mns Break
 
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I decided to make a quick trip down to Tucson to hike up to Keystone Peak, which is one of Arizona's 73 P2K Peaks. A P2K peak is one with 2,000' or more of topographic prominence. With the addition of Keystone, I have now bagged 29 of the 73 P2K peaks.

I also went up to Placer Peak and Peak 6180, since both were only a short distance off of the road/trail to Keystone.

From the TH, the hike up to Keystone is on a wide, well graded, unpaved road that goes up to the towers atop Keystone Peak. There are no rocks or ruts in the road, which makes for easy hiking, except of course for the elevation gain. I imagine that trail runners would enjoy this hike.

I went about 2 3/4 miles and took what is essentially an ATV road up to Placer Peak. The ATV road goes off to the left of the main road. You go about .3 miles with an AEG of 200' to get up to the top of Placer Peak. The ATV contours around the NW side of the peak to get to the top. I then went back to the Keystone Peak road, and took it to the top of Keystone Peak. It was kinda cool and windy, and hanging around communication towers isn't really my thing, so I did not stay long at the top.

On the way back down I went off-trail on a jeep road to the top of Peak 6180. This peak is supposedly only 8 feet lower than Keystone Peak, but my GPS recorded it as being around 30' lower. I descended down on what it is more like an ATV road to get back on the main road, at a point that is right across from where I went up to Placer Peak earlier.

I then went back to the TH.

I liked this hike better than I thought I would, in spite of getting rained on for a bit in the early part of the hike. This is the first rain that I have seen in AZ in over 6 months.

There is a lot of sun exposure on the hike, so this is not one that I would want to do in hot weather.
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