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Music Mountain from Tortilla TH, AZ
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Music Mountain from Tortilla TH, AZ 
Music Mountain from Tortilla TH, AZ
Hiking avatar May 15 2021
Hiking15.49 Miles 2,491 AEG
Hiking15.49 Miles   9 Hrs   11 Mns   1.69 mph
2,491 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
1st trip
Partners none no partners
Peters Trail 105 to Music Mountain - The other “Red Rock Country” :(

I took an awesome trip to Music Mountain summit from Tortilla TH using (more or less) hikerdw’s very fine route from 12-20.

I like to keep things positive but first I need to get something off of my chest. Somebody spray painted red literally every cairn on Peters Trail 105 (even all of the unnecessary cairns). I moved a lot of rock clearing them from sight as best as possible. (I calculated well over 1000 lbs) Rather than post a hundred pictures I’m adding one picture of the hundred or so cairns that I cleared. Each image is a different cairn at a separate location that needed to be dealt with. It will probably take years to really get rid of all the red paint. It slowed me down a lot but was worth it.

From my house, it’s an hour and a half drive to Tortilla TH so I didn’t get up early enough to beat the sun. With highs projected low 90s I knew I’d be good for a day hike. I also figured I’d not press the pace too much. I actually caught Tortilla during the very brief wildflower bloom when it’s this dry. I don’t know the names of all of them so I made a picture collage of flowers. In addition to the red rocks, I did some trimming. What we really need a trail crew to go through there with the big loppers. Kane Spring was seeping but I would pass on a drink unless an emergency. There are always lots of dry grasses to invade socks the length of the trail.

Once at the mountain, the off trail brush wasn’t awful and the route wasn’t excessively steep. The top plateau is somewhat clear since Woodbury fire 2019. I signed the summit register and decided to take advantage and look around. No telling how overgrown it will be the next time I get up there. I was rewarded with a horseshoe in the middle of nowhere. This says that old timers were up there. More importantly it says that there is a horse route to get up somewhere. The mountain side is really soft, especially after the fire so could not be a horse route the way I went. There are Agave and possible shallow Agave roasting pits like on Peter’s Mesa, but too much collateral damage from Woodbury to tell. I hiked to the south rim to get a look at north Herman Mountain face and into Sheep Mtn/Trap Canyon. I chased a glimmer in the hillside turned out to be Mylar and packed it out with the large sheet of styro packing wrap I found. I took the same route back.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout

dry Tortilla Well Dry Dry
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout
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