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Mound Mountain Recon, AZ
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Mound Mountain Recon, AZ 
Mound Mountain Recon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 14 2021
DixieFlyer
Hiking12.20 Miles 2,224 AEG
Hiking12.20 Miles   6 Hrs   23 Mns   2.32 mph
2,224 ft AEG   1 Hour   8 Mns Break
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I am not running for political office but I decided to hit the campaign trail today...Campaign Trail #256 that is!

I had never been on this trail before and I have been eyeing a hike to Mound Mountain, and wanted to check out the area.

The road to the TH had been recently graded and it was in much better shape than I thought it would be. An AWD SUV was parked at the TH, demonstrating that a 4WD vehicle is not necessary to get to the TH.

I did not get to the TH until 9:00 AM, so I knew that I would not have time to go to Mound Mountain. Instead, I planned to hike on the Campaign Trail to the Fireline Trail, and then take the Fireline Trail to where you'd turn to head up to Mound Mountain, and then reverse course back to the TH.

It was a lot slower going on the Campaign Trail than I thought that it would be. Much of the hike was through a wash or a creek bed, and there were several creek crossings. I had to slow down and stop a lot to do some route finding, as the trail -- such as it is -- is hard to follow in lots of places. Plus, on the way out the sun was right in my eyes so I couldn't look very far out in front of me to see where the trail might be. It actually would have been a nice hike through that canyon if you were taking your time without any real destination in mind.

I finally made it to the Fireline Trail, but I was behind schedule and decided just to go a short ways on the Fireline Trail before turning around. The Fireline Trail was overgrown on the section that I went on, and I don't know how it would have been had I continued further.

I think that I will go out there again before long and take the Reavis Gap Trail around towards Mound Mountain. I think that this will be a bit longer way to get to Mound Mountain as compared to going Campaign-Fireline, but perhaps the trail will be better. I think that I will need to wait until later in the winter when the days are longer before doing a dayhike to Mound Mountain from the Campaign TH.

I saw a white-tailed deer while walking in the wash. Later I was sitting on a rock in a creekbed eating lunch when I heard a loud ruckus and commotion behind me. I turned and it was a deer -- a doe -- running full speed in the creekbed right toward me. I stood up and made some noise, and the deer stopped dead in its tracks about 75 feet from me. The deer looked at me for a few seconds and then took off running out of the creekbed. I was glad that whatever spooked the deer decided not to chase me!
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White Tailed Deer
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May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. -- Edward Abbey
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