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Granite Mountain - Teapot Mountain QuadGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 08 2020
Hiking3.50 Miles 1,460 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles
1,460 ft AEG
1st trip
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New Year's Day Scouting Trip. After doing it, I'm still on the Fence. I got it done, but with a 1/2 hour break upon attaining the main ridgeline, it took me 2.5 hours to summit. It's all off-trail and about 1 mile and 800 feet of it is a bit miserable. I can't believe Flying_Fliver went straight up this thing. After seeing it in person, I went for a more gentle, gradual approach. For what that's worth. :sweat:

The first 1/2 mile is easy peasy. Road Walk and sandy drainage walk, but then the fun begins. If I was lucky I could catch an animal trail occasionally, but it didn't last long. Going up the first two "hills" to acquire the main Ridgeline was full of scree goodness. But it wasn't ordinary scree goodness of the fine kind, but ankle busting loose rocks and steep. It made for very slow going. I certainly wasn't looking forward to going back down. Poles would have helped some, but careful foot placement both up and down was a requirement. By the time I finally topped out on the main ridge, my legs were toast and I took a long break on that hilltop. It wasn't for naught though, the views were amazing from there. It was really windy up there today, but with the wind coming from the east, I didn't encounter it much until the ridgeline. I was spent enough I actually pondered continuing up to the Peak itself, which was still a few humps over. But I am stubborn and I hate not finishing something I've started and I got a surprise.

As I started following the main ridgeline, a game trail appeared and it mostly stayed, making route finding a non issue most of the rest of the way up. I lost it in a few places, but picked it up again pretty quickly and I ended up having a much nicer, "smoother" ascent up to the peak. With the game trail advantage, the ridgeline looked worse than it ended up being. Based on the evidence, cows, deer and bighorn use this trail. And based on the evidence, they have all summitted this peak. :lol: I'm glad I was stubborn, the views were worth going for. The main Peak had amazing views of the White Canyon Wilderness and the secondary peak had pretty good mine views laid out below me.

And then it was time to get down. The Game Trail was harder to follow in places on the way down, but it was there when I most needed it to be. I skipped the last hump before diving off the ridgeline and opted to traverse around it from the saddle just before. Again following the semblance of a game trail. Then it was all about picking my way back down to the sandy drainage. It did take awhile, but then the drainage and road made for welcome smooth sailing back to the truck.

Definitely a worthy peak. I'll get a full description up within a few days. Just not sure I want to use it for a party. Good Road, Good Parking and Room on the Peak, but people may be waiting awhile on this one and a turned ankle or fall is definitely possible on this one. This would almost be a Saddle Mountain without a Trail. Margie Peakesque, but without the huge boulders. I have a couple of other options still to check out, so we'll see.

Just a note. I didn't wear gators, but did encounter some tall foxtails further up. Took me 10 minutes to clean shoes and socks at home. Didn't pick much up with pants on. Pants are a must here though IMHO.
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