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Harcuvars: Spade - Smith - Bullard, AZ
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Harcuvars: Spade - Smith - Bullard, AZ 
Harcuvars: Spade - Smith - Bullard, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 13 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking10.80 Miles 3,131 AEG
Hiking10.80 Miles   5 Hrs   1 Min   2.88 mph
3,131 ft AEG   1 Hour   16 Mns Break
 
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I had never been to the Harcuvar Mountains before, and Smith Peak was on my to-do list, so I decided to head out there today.

I drove in on the road up to Smith Peak, and parked about 4.5 miles before the locked gate at a small parking area below Spade Peak 4090.

We made the off-trail hike up to the peak, and enjoyed the views up there for a bit. This one doesn't seem to be hiked very often: There was a logbook placed there in 2007 by Gordon MacLeod and Barbara Lilley, and there were only 3 other entries (one each in 2018, 2019, and 2020).

After getting back to our cars, we headed up the road to Smith Peak -- it wound up being about 4.5 miles to get there. It was easy hiking on the road, even if the grade was a bit steep in a few places. Walking on forest roads isn't usually my thing, but I enjoyed the nice views while walking on the road. We hung out a bit at the summit, then headed back.

On the way back, we went up to the Bullard Benchmark, where I saw my first Height of Light. I located the benchmark and both reference marks; however, I did not see the azimuth mark.

We then descended back to the forest road and went back to our cars.

I enjoyed this hike, and plan to return to the area sometime -- hopefully this winter -- and check out Bullard Peak and the Bullard Mine complex.
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Alamo Lake Smith Peak
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