|Aquarius Mountains HP - Bonner Azimuth Mark, AZ|
|Aquarius Mountains HP - Bonner Azimuth Mark, AZ|| |
Aquarius Mountains HP - Bonner Azimuth Mark, AZ
|Hiking||5.67 Miles|| 4 Hrs 3 Mns ||1.63 mph|
|1,583 ft AEG|| 34 Mns Break|
||no linked trail guides|
|When the moon is in the Seventh House|
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars
This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius
The Age of Aquarius
Taking a cue from the Fifth Dimension, I decided to head out to the highpoint of the Aquarius Mountains. The Aquarius Mountains are in southeastern Mohave County, not too far from the town of Wikieup. The unnamed highpoint (Peak 6236) is at an elevation of 6,236 feet and has prominence of 1,496 feet.
The Aquarius Mountains were named in 1853 by military officer and topographical engineer Amiel W. Whipple, who noted many streams flowing through the range. At the time, Whipple was leading a survey for the transcontinental railroad.
I hiked to the peak from the east, and parked at a corral that was about 1/4 mile off of Trout Creek Road and about 21 miles from Highway 93. The drive in was on well graded dirt roads until the last 1/4 mile after turning toward the corral, which required a vehicle with some high clearance.
There was a gate in the road next to the corral; the gate was shut but was not locked. I opened the gate and hiked on the road for the first 1.3 miles of the hike. I could have driven the road (you'd need a high clearance 4WD vehicle to do so), but this hike was short enough that I did not mind the road walking.
After coming to the end of the road, I followed a wash for a ways -- some of the time I was in the wash and some of the time I was alongside it, whichever was easiest.
Upon leaving the wash, I began hiking off-trail by first going up to a ridge, and then following the ridge up to the summit. The off-trail was somewhat brushy, but there were lanes and gaps through the brush the entire way, so I would not call this bushwhacking. It turned out to be some of the easiest off-trail hiking that I have done lately -- not too brushy, not too rocky, and not too steep.
The views at the summit were unobstructed and were very nice, so I hung out there for a while. The summit had an azimuth mark on it that was stamped "Bonner".
About 1,000 feet or so SE of Peak 6236 is Peak 6207, which is where the Bonner benchmark is located. I wonder why the benchmark was placed on a peak that is lower than the peak where the azimuth mark was placed? I imagine that only God and @FLYING_FLIVER know the answer to that question. I would have thought that the benchmark would have been placed on the higher of the two peaks, rather than the lower of the two.
I thought about going over to Peak 6207, which would have entailed dropping down to a saddle between Peaks 6236 and 6207, and then hiking up to Peak 6207. However, I decided to skip Peak 6207 so I instead I reversed course back to the TH.
I found this hike to be pleasant and I enjoyed it quite a bit!
|May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. -- Edward Abbey|