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2021-01-21  
7579 - 7549 - 7532, AZ
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7579 - 7549 - 7532, AZ 
7579 - 7549 - 7532, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 21 2021
LJW
Hiking21.20 Miles 4,200 AEG
Hiking21.20 Miles   7 Hrs   26 Mns   3.06 mph
4,200 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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An ankle injury and a totalled car kept me out of the mountains to start the year. Used the opportunity to upgrade to something with some clearance and 4wd. Taking it easy the first go, drove to Peeley TH. Went out and back to the unnamed mountain of three summits between Peeley and Mazatzal Peak.

Favorite time of year is when the winter storms in late December/early January roll over the Mazzies. Once the snow drops I have a hard time setting my sights anywhere else. Got to the TH, and the higher peaks in the range were all covered in clouds. Mazatzal Divide trail was as usual in just about perfect shape. Two small downed trees was about it. The southern 9 miles are just about my favorite. Once past Mount Catherine, the views to the west and north open up. Dramatic weather made the sights up the range particularly special.

Nine miles to where I left the trail near Bear Spring. Didn't walk down to the spring but over the piney saddle and up the mountainside to the ridge. Once on the main ridge, the bushwacking stops until the final bit to Peak 7579 where the route heads out of the pines. Probably the best summit. Ended up one of my favorite mountains in the range. Some of the best views, and it has likely the best angle on Mazzie Peak of anywhere. The clouds had dissipated by the time I was there, but rain clouds were rolling in. Quickly made my way over to 7549 and then down to 7532. The ridge between the peaks is awesome, and the brush isn't bad. Route down was steeper but the terrain was clear.

I'd like to go back and summit them in reverse, heading down to Deer Creek after 7579. Wasn't up for it at the time, but surely there is a good enough route. Longer way back to the trailhead meant I was there when the clouds parted again and a rainbow shined through the drizzle. Sweet way to end.
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