Mount Washington 7221 - Coronado NF
|Hiking||3.31 Miles|| 2 Hrs 5 Mns ||1.59 mph|
|1,160 ft AEG|
||no linked trail guides|
|This was stop #3 of 3 and roughly the halfway point of my trip. Coming down from Veterans Peak, we lost the trail a few times and found this area to be the hardest part to navigate the entire day. Jim lost interest in going to Washington peak so he decided to wait for me while I bagged it. It was already 2:30 pm by this time and I was hoping to finish the roundtrip hike before dark, which I ended up doing in the end. In the rocky area below Veterans peak, there really wasn't a good trail, but after I got a few hundred feet lower in elevation, continuing down the ridgeline, I did pick up a nice trail which basically kept going all the way to Washington peak. There were times I lost the trail, but I was able to find the trail again within a few minutes by staying on top of the ridgeline or by follow an old barbed wire fence. I was able to continue and make good time. When I got to Washington peak, I saw a rock pile and a registry which I signed. In a little over 2 years, there were only 5 names on the registry including mine. I would have guessed that more would have hiked it. At the peak, there were a lot of oak, pinion and juniper trees. Because of all of the trees, views were not possible from the high point. I hiked South another 500 feet or so and found a clearing where I could look South, see into Mexico, and also see the border wall. I saw the border wall stretching from the West to somewhere down below and then it appeared to end. I also saw a road near the wall that I'm sure was patrolled. The area looked pretty rural and there wasn't much down there. But, I took some great photos, got some great video and I was very glad that I made it to this point. I left the summit around 3:20 PM and made it all the way back to Duquesne road by 5:50 PM, just before dark.|
AEG & distance posted for this triplog are based on starting from Veterans peak, which is on the same ridgeline.
Note: My total AEG was 3,310. My GPS route includes going to Peak 7000, Veterans Peak, and Washington Mountain.
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