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Mound Mountain PeakGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2021
Hiking20.60 Miles 5,029 AEG
Hiking20.60 Miles   11 Hrs   5 Mns   2.36 mph
5,029 ft AEG   2 Hrs   21 Mns Break
1st trip
Mound Mountain has been on my radar screen for a while so I decided that there was no time like the present to hike it.

We started from the Campaign TH and went from the Campaign Trail to the Reavis Gap Trail. We continued through Reavis Gap, and just past Pine Creek we went off-trail on a Pine Creek route that @wallyfrack told me about. This route took us to the Fireline Trail about 1/2 mile east of the turn to Circlestone and Mound Mountain.

This off-trail route saved right at 2 miles getting to the summit. However, the going for me was a bit slow, so I am not sure if we saved much, if any, time. Parts of the route were in open areas that were well cairned, and these sections were about like being on a trail. However, in other parts of the route we were bushwhacking through some fairly thick brush at times. Going through these areas slowed us down a good bit, although perhaps with a better job of route finding I could have avoided some of these areas. There was LOTS and LOTS of bear scat along this off-trail section. We eventually made it to the Fireline Trail, and I was glad to be back on a trail.

The route up to Circlestone was easy to follow, and we stopped at Circlestone for a bit. The ascent up to Mound Mountain was through a burned area, so the bushwhacking was much easier than it otherwise would have been.

We were almost to the summit when I looked above me and there was a large rock with something brown on it, about 30 feet or so away. The "brown something" turned out to be a bear laying on the rock. The bear got up and ambled away to our right. Then I could hear a bear cub going "wah, wah, wah", crying out for it's mama. If we had continued up we would have been between the mama bear and the baby bear, which didn't seem like a good idea. So we retreated a bit and then looped around away from the bears on our way to the summit.

The views at the summit were nice, and were better than I thought that they might be. The descent down was a bit steep at the top, but it went smoothly and before we knew it we were back at Circlestone.

Once we got back to the Fireline Trail, we decided to go west of the Fireline Trail and go back on the Reavis Ranch-Reavis Gap-Campaign Trails. It would have been shorter to go east on Fireline to the Campaign Trail, but I had never been to Reavis Ranch so we decided to go that way. I really enjoyed the Reavis Ranch trail, but I wasn't all that thrilled about having to make the second climb of the day up to Reavis Gap. I did enjoy hiking through the gap though.

Along the Campaign Trail and on the Reavis Gap Trail up to Reavis Gap someone had placed a number of pink flags in the ground. I am thinking that it might have boy scouts or some other organized group that was doing a backpack. Hopefully they will pick the flags up when they are finished.

We saw a deer at Circlestone, and on the way back we saw 4 deer in Reavis Gap.

This turned out to be the 5th longest day hike that I have done.

Before the hike I was thinking that it might be a good training hike for someone who was going to do Rim-to-Rim. As it turned out, I think that Rim-to-Rim would be a good training hike for a day hike to Mound Mountain!
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