|Peak 2288 - White Tank Mountains, AZ|
|Peak 2288 - White Tank Mountains, AZ|| |
Peak 2288 - White Tank Mountains, AZ
|Hiking||6.10 Miles|| 3 Hrs ||2.03 mph|
|1,328 ft AEG|
||no linked trail guides|
|Explored this area 12 years ago and decided it was time to come back to close the chapter. I completed the full ridgeline this time.|
Started off on Turnbuckle, then turned onto Granite Falls. Shortly after I left the trail and headed south into a wash which got me closer to the peak. I climbed out of the wash and jumped onto the road which heads to the saddle just east of 2288. This road has been severely eroded in the last 12 years. Hard to believe it’s been so long.
At the saddle, I headed up the remnants of another eroded road which is now a “decent” piece of single track. At the east summit, I located two reference marks (only saw one last time). Couldn’t find any evidence of a station mark between them.
Next up was uncharted territory - the ridgeline that I’ve stared at for years. Lots of boulder-hopping and light bushwhacking with a nice drop-off to the SW. I reached the beacon which was much taller than I anticipated (about 10ft), snapped some photos, and continued down the ridgeline.
This part turned out to be the meat and potatoes of the day. Some slow going, but nothing crazy. Quite a bit of cholla near the end. I made it to Pyrite trail without incident and picked up my pace on the way back to the car.
Starting late in the afternoon was perfect as the sun was to my back, lighting up the little valley between 2288 and the rest of the White Tanks. Picture perfect desert views I hadn’t really seen before. Very cool!
Back at the trailhead, a group had just finished setting up signs along the interpretive trail for Black History Month. I hope they stay up. Knowing Buckeye, they may upset some future hikers, and to those those people, I say: