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Peak 5630 - Rockinstraw Mtn, AZ
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Peak 5630 - Rockinstraw Mtn, AZ 
Peak 5630 - Rockinstraw Mtn, AZ
 
Hiking8.79 Miles 2,651 AEG
Hiking8.79 Miles
2,651 ft AEG
 
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I headed out to hike up to Rockinstraw Mountain, but did not want to drive all the way out there for just a 5 mile hike. So on the way I stopped off near Superior to hike up to Peak 5630.

Peak 5630
I drove on a paved road to an SRP substation and parked. Past this point is a rough dirt road, but a high clearance 4WD stock vehicle could make the drive to where I veered off the road and started hiking off-trail.

I hiked about 0.8 miles on the dirt road, and then went off-trail to the peak. I first went up to a ridgeline where Peak 5630 came into view. I dropped a bit into a basin and then angled up to a saddle just below the peak.

The hike was entirely a class 1 walk. The off-trail was a bit brushy, but wasn't bad. There was a lot of ankle-busting rock on the off-trail portion though. It seemed like every step was an accident waiting to happen, so I took it slow and was looking down at my feet most of the time.

There were some really nice views at the summit, and I was glad that I did this hike.

Rockinstraw
I did this hike from the west side of Rockinstraw. I parked at the junction of FR 219 and an unmarked forest road. The unmarked road has some iffy spots that would no doubt stop a stock 4WD vehicle, so I just walked the road. It was an easy walk and the scenery was nice, so I did not mind the walk, especially since the hike is so short anyway.

It was a fairly easy off-trail to the Rockinstraw summit -- the mountain is visible the whole way which simplifies route finding. There are a couple of cliff bands to deal with, but each band has an obvious weakness so it was not difficult to negotiate it.

At the summit I located 3 flivers: the "Rockinstraw" benchmark and 2 reference marks. I took @FLYING_FLIVER 's work for it that the "Rock" benchmark was buried underneath the summit cairn.

Previous triplogs have documented that there was a large cross just south of the summit. However, the cross is no longer there and I could not see any signs that there ever was a cross.

This was a quality hike to the summit, which has some great views. I like this area and I am glad that I made the trip out there to bag this peak.

Synopsis
Both peaks have nice views, but Rockinstraw is a much more enjoyable hike.

Distance and elevation gain for the 2 hikes are below. Stats above are the sum of the two.

Peak 5630: 3.73 miles with 1,337 feet of AEG
Rockinstraw: 5.06 miles with 1,314 feet of AEG
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May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. -- Edward Abbey
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