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Deer Flat - Maverick Butte, AZ
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Deer Flat - Maverick Butte, AZ 
Deer Flat - Maverick Butte, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 12 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking8.46 Miles 2,137 AEG
Hiking8.46 Miles   4 Hrs   4 Mns   2.17 mph
2,137 ft AEG      10 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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I was gently reminded that it would be nice to have the Christmas Lights up before... Christmas. Deer Flat popped up on my Google News feed. It was close and short, so I decided to get this in and have time to get the lights up. I took a peek at it and wanted to tie in a couple of peaks in the area also.

Deer Flat #1009 is a TRAL ORV 2 track. It's rocky and a steady climb. At the 2 mile mark, just past the first tank, evidence of the Sears fire from the fall of this year. The north side of the trail was untouched from this point, the south side was torched. I took this track to the end and went off trail to 4566 and then to Maverick Butte. The burn made the off trail a lot easier. From the top you could see the New River Mountains, the Mazzys, the Superstitions and the McDowells.

I traced my steps back and discovered a faint use trail that went around the east side of 4566. This was much easier than my route the other direction.

My next goal was Willow Spring Mountain. Looking at my watch, I was running low on time and decided to only go part way and check out the route. Calculating the time it would take me to get there and back would have taken be out of favor at home.

On the way down Deer Flat, I passed two hikers that were huffing and puffing saying they had heard about this "Easy Hike" in their news. I also passed a quail hunter scouting deer hunting opportunities.

Comfortably cool all day with long pants and shirt.
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