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Apache Peaks - Tonto NFGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2021
DixieFlyer
Hiking3.60 Miles 1,886 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles   4 Hrs   17 Mns   1.67 mph
1,886 ft AEG   2 Hrs   8 Mns Break
 
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With the unseasonably warm temperatures I decided to head up to Globe where the temps were more moderate, and to bag a peak that I have been looking at for a while -- Apache Peaks 6940, which is the highest of the peaks.

The drive to the TH was good -- there was a little sand in a couple of places, but I do not think that 4WD is necessary if the road is dry, but you might want some decent tires.

I wore body armor in expectation of lots of heavy brush and bushwhacking, but as it turned out shorts and a t-shirt would have been fine. Most of the vegetation up to the plateau/saddle down below the summit (probably 400 feet or so below the summit) was all burned up in a fire this summer -- so there were no bushes left to whack through. I imagine that heavy rains will cause some erosion, but that hasn't happened yet.

It was a steep climb up to just past the cliff bands, but we made it up there without too much trouble. We found a nice gap to the right of the cliff band to go through. There was still vegetation on the summit, but it was fairly easy to go around it as we made our way to the highpoint.

The benchmark was covered up with a rock, so it took a few minutes to find it. I never did see either reference mark or the azimuth mark, but we did see the remnants of the height of light.

I enjoyed the summit so we hung out there for a while.

I was a little apprehensive about the descent, thinking that it would be steep and slippery. I thought about trying a different route down, but then I figured that the devil you know is better than the devil that you don't know, so we went back the same way that we came up. The descent was much better than I thought that it would be -- it was steep but didn't seem all THAT slippery. I was thinking that I'd be sliding down on my butt in places, but I stayed on my feet the whole way down.

The weather was great -- sunny with very little wind. It was 34 when we started the hike and it was 65 when we got back, which was a tad warm for my liking.

I enjoyed this hike -- it was way more fun that what I expected that it would be.
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