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2020-12-13  
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Red Mtn Rampage Sunset Ridge, AZ
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Red Mtn Rampage Sunset Ridge, AZ 
Red Mtn Rampage Sunset Ridge, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 13 2020
CannondaleKid
Hiking7.50 Miles 2,255 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   4 Hrs   36 Mns   1.63 mph
2,255 ft AEG18 LBS Pack
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The only plan was for a day of off-trail wandering. While doing just that I encountered new-to-me rock cairns roughly in the area of another proposed trail within the Hawes Trail System so I followed them up-slope to see where they led.

It wasn't long before the cairns were replaced by yellow ribbons, so now I knew these were for the new Red Mountain Rampage Trail. Seems poorly named due to the fact Red Mountain/Mount McDowell is not visible from anywhere along the proposed route... whatever. Although I was following the route upward it was quite obvious the route was laid out from the top down, which is quite appropriate because I seriously doubt anyone will attempt to ride it up. (At least not without a pedal-assist/e-bike, which IS NOT authorized for any Hawes trails)
Let's put it this way, you won't see me attempting it in either direction... I'm too old for that kind of risky stuff.

Unfortunately the ribbons ended before connecting with the Cactus Garden/Goat Trails so I figured I'd see if any marking had been done on the run across the ridge to the west for the proposed Sunset Ridge Trail. I found no cairns or ribbons, and the only trails were deer/javelina game trails. As rough as the Red Mountain Rampage Trail appeared it would be, it appears Sunset Ridge could be every bit as rough because rather than a smooth cruise across the ridge it goes up-and-down across some steep craggy-rock terrain, so I got a chance to use my route-finding skills.

Once across the ridge it was just a matter of traversing the southeastern slope of Peak 2541 along the game trail until connecting with the old equestrian trail down to connect with Twisted Sister, at which point I just crossed it and continued off-trail all the way back to the start.

Now that the High Ridge & Alp D' Huez trails are complete, I'm hoping to soon see the CAT 300.9D mini-excavator attacking the Red Mountain Rampage Trail. I've been told the FS hopes to have all the new trails completed by years' end but I think that may be just a tad optimistic. I think the biggest hold up will be completing the two proposed new parking areas. I hope I'm wrong.
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