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Apr 18 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Peak 5501 and Govt Hill BM, AZ 
Peak 5501 and Govt Hill BM, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 18 2021
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Hiking7.55 Miles 2,873 AEG
Hiking7.55 Miles   7 Hrs   40 Mns   1.68 mph
2,873 ft AEG   3 Hrs   10 Mns Break
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Bear with me
Seven years ago I did a hike and started my triplog by saying:
"This hike is all Hansenaz’s fault. (I’ve never met the gentleman, but I still blame him)" :)  

Then after a hike in Jan 2020:
"This hike is all Outdoor_Lover's fault. (I’ve never met the young lady, but I still blame her)" :)  

Well, for this hike I say:
"This hike is all wallyfrack’s fault. (I’ve never met the gentleman, but I still blame him)" :)  
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In Jan 2017 I did a hike I named - Government Hill and "GOVT HILL” BM.
I hiked to Government Hill in the SE Superstitions and easily located a USGS "No-Name" benchmark. It's a nice little disk, but it has no name on it.
I know many HAZ members have been to Government Hill, and have viewed this no-name disk.
I emailed the USGS with the LAT/LONG of the no-name disk, and their answer, "We have no record of that disk". HMMM ….

On TOPO maps, about 1 mile west of Government Hill, there's a mountain named, Peak "5501 BM". It's basically a no-name mountain, and uses the BM's elevation for its designation.
Well, I have a datasheet for that "5501 BM" benchmark disk, and it's named ….
"Govt Hill". Another - HMMM .…

On that hike in 2017, I hiked west, off Government Hill to Bull Basin Tr, and attempted to climb up to Pk 5501. I failed.
I fought through about 100 feet of thick, intertwined vegetation and gave up. That stuff was like hiking through a chain link fence. Up to Pk 5501 was another 500 Ft up, but no way.

Fast forward to last year. Wallyfrack tried to get up to Pk 5501, using my 'track up', and also stopped, due to vegetation.
However, after his hike, he did some great research, and got up to Pk 5501.
He used a different, zig-zagging, and less dense vegetation track, and located the BM disk named "GOVT HILL" (1946).

After his successful hike, the "King of the Supes" graciously sent me a 'HAZ PM', and included his GPS track up to Pk 5501 from Bull Basin Tr.
Well, I made it up there on this hike, using his expert info.
Thank-you, wallyfrack.

Now, here is why I blame wallyfrack for this hike.
Yes, he confided in me his 'track up', and then he enticed me to get up there by offering me a money reward. (Photo from wallyfrack's successful hike photoset).
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Well, I couldn't pass up that reward. 😀

So, off I went to retrieve my reward. I located the GOVT HILL BM disk, and the summit log — With my reward inside. 😀

I also located 'where' Ref Mark #1 used to be located, and I did locate RM #2.
Note - The two RMs are not disks. They are etched crosses in boulders.
RM #1's etched cross has chipped away, and that 'chip-away' appears to be a natural occurrence. RM #2 was over 29 Ft away, but easily located, and in perfect shape.

One more point of interest.
I included Google Earth screenshots of my track. You'll notice it stops at Bull Basin Tr, and does not include wallyfrack's track-up portion. He did the work on that part, and it's his.

So, I'm glad I finally got atop Pk 5501, and I'm very thankful for the King of the Supes's assistance. My photoset will explain what I actually did with my reward. 😀
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Apr 12 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Overlook-Easy Access-Ridgeline Trails, AZ 
Overlook-Easy Access-Ridgeline Trails, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 12 2021
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Hiking4.21 Miles 732 AEG
Hiking4.21 Miles   1 Hour   47 Mns   2.63 mph
732 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
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Overlook Trail - Easy Access Trail - Adero Canyon Ridgeline Trail

A couple acquaintances wanted to experience 'hiking in Arizona', so I took them to Adero Canyon TH & we did these three trails.

The Adero Canyon Ridgeline Trail is new, and begins off the Overlook Trail, near the summit. The Ridgeline Trail has lots of ups & downs, and has switchbacks to reduce some grades. It runs all the way to the end of the ridge.

A good, close, 'exercise hike'. They enjoyed themselves.
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East End
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Apr 01 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Circle Azimuth and Miners Needle Loop, AZ 
Circle Azimuth and Miners Needle Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 01 2021
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Hiking9.91 Miles 1,691 AEG
Hiking9.91 Miles   6 Hrs   19 Mns   2.06 mph
1,691 ft AEG   1 Hour   31 Mns Break
 
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I do this hike every few years, either CW or CCW.
The Dutchman Tr is in fine shape, as is Bluff Spring Tr.

Many years ago, I located Circle Benchmark (& its two Ref Marks), atop Coffee Flat Mtn.
On that hike, I failed to locate Circle Azimuth Mark. All 4 disks were set in 1946.
The Circle datasheet said Circle Azimuth Mark was "Right next to the trail, in Barkley Basin".

After thinking the surveyors were wrong (they weren't), and after some research, I discovered that the Dutchman Trail was 're-aligned', probably in the 1960s. Also (my speculation), back in the 1940s, the "trail" was called Miners Tr & not Dutchman Tr.

All the above trivia made sense, and then the datasheet made sense, so years ago, I went off-trail, bushwhacked up my GPS generated Circle azimuth line, and finally located the Circle Azimuth disk.
The pre-alignment section is much closer to Miners Needle, and did not include those present switchbacks, traversing the side of Coffee Flat Mtn, on the present Dutchman Tr.

Since that Circle Azimuth disk was the very first azimuth disk I ever located, I check it out & say "Hello", every time I hike up the Dutchman.

Fire damage.
I was devastated by the fire damage on this loop - So sad.
It makes the once wonderful views in Barkley Basin etc look like a bad 'moonscape'.

I also stopped and visited my favorite 'boulder' on Bluff Spg Tr.
I gave the "Peralta Brothers" their due. - :)
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Mar 28 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Sunrise Peak from 145th StreetPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 28 2021
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Hiking7.49 Miles 1,735 AEG
Hiking7.49 Miles   5 Hrs   7 Mns   2.04 mph
1,735 ft AEG   1 Hour   27 Mns Break
 
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A warm-up hike - To see if I remembered how to put one boot in front of the other.

145th St TH, up Sunrise Tr, then a right at the hitching post, and down Andrews/Kinsey Tr.
On the way back, I ventured up to Sunrise Peak.

I had to park in the Aux parking lot, as the regular lot was already filled. I saw more people hiking today, than I normally see in a year of doing my normal 'Off-the-Beaten Track' Hikes.
Oh yeah - It was Sunday and in the McDowells. 😀

Actually, it was nice seeing so many people getting exercise, and enjoying the outdoors.

Once I ventured down the A/K Tr, the crowds dissipated, except for quite a few trail runners. The A/K Tr is perfect for runners.

Great weather, and great trails.
It's good to be hiking in AZ again.
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Feb 27 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Hike on the Lake, WI 
Hike on the Lake, WI
 
Hiking avatar Feb 27 2021
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Hiking3.36 Miles 57 AEG
Hiking3.36 Miles   1 Hour   43 Mns   2.43 mph
57 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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Still in Wi - I took a hike on the lake. (Good thing it's frozen, with lots of snow on it) :) .

A couple weeks ago, we had a few "10 below zero" days, with a chill factor of -25 F.
Then it warmed up a bit, and snowed about 20 to 25 inches in a 3 day period, on top of the already 8 inches of snow that was on the ground.

Suffice to say, the lake is safe to walk on. Snowmobiles, ATVs and ice fishermen (& ice fisherwomen), are taking advantage of the rather warm (45 F) temps and solid, thick ice.

Going down the hill from my house had me making "post holes" to mid thigh, due to drifting.
However, the lake now had snow only 4 or 5 inches deep, so the hiking wasn't too bad.
The relatively warm, dry temps are causing the snow to sublimate (go from a solid directly to a gas - skipping the step of a liquid). Therefore, no big water ponds atop of the ice right now.

Lotsa tracks on the lake from all those snowmobiles and ATVs, so if one hiked in their tracks, you had solid, packed snow to hike on.
Good footing & no post holes.

My track on Google Earth had me "walking on water", since GE's photo was taken during a thaw.

It's always a bit surreal for me, to be 'hiking around' the lake, as I'm much more used to 'boating around' the lake.
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Green Lake Middle Lake Mill Lake
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Dec 18 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Golf Course in Snow, WI 
Golf Course in Snow, WI
 
Hiking avatar Dec 18 2020
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Hiking2.70 Miles 214 AEG
Hiking2.70 Miles      55 Mns   2.95 mph
214 ft AEG
 
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Quick jaunt in the snow.
The snow was only about an inch deep - Just deep enough to leave boot prints.

I was the only one on the "Work-Out" golf course, but other boot prints verified that a few had used the various golf course hills for some sledding.

Part of this hike was on some close by piers. I did not venture out on the thin ice, however.
I'll be able to use the lake as another work-out area after its ice thickens.

As soon as I see 'ice-fishing' houses, and snowmobiles (& ATVs) out on the icy lake, I'll deem it safe for hiking. The caution will be to steer clear of the various natural springs areas, as that ice is usually a bit thinner.
Also, some lake homeowners have under water 'bubblers' installed, to keep the water flowing around their piers and boat houses. Water in motion has a lower freezing level, and the bubblers usually keep ice from forming altogether.
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Dec 04 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Golf Course 9 Holes, WI 
Golf Course 9 Holes, WI
 
Hiking avatar Dec 04 2020
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Hiking4.13 Miles 211 AEG
Hiking4.13 Miles   1 Hour   8 Mns   3.70 mph
211 ft AEG      1 Min Break
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This was just a quick hike (a workout hike?) on the golf course near my house.
For a bit of fun, I hiked from Tee Off to Green on all 9 holes. I circled each green a couple times, to ‘draw’ a GPS track image of the 9 greens.
Obviously, I did the hike after the course was closed for the season, so I had no one observing me ‘circling’ the greens. 😊
I’m sure an observer would have questioned my sanity.

Soon, I’ll upload more of these silly work-out hikes, just to verify to myself that I’m getting ‘exercise’ in the Midwest.

Stay safe.
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Nov 27 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Golf Course and Piers, WI 
Golf Course and Piers, WI
 
Hiking avatar Nov 27 2020
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Hiking5.56 Miles 309 AEG
Hiking5.56 Miles   1 Hour   41 Mns   3.37 mph
309 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Just another Golf Course hike with some lake piers added.

The golf course near my house closed for the season recently, so now I can use it as my quasi-private "Work-Out" area.
The weather cooperated and off I went.
The only people I saw were some golf course maintenance staff, busy rebuilding some sand bunkers. I waved & they waved.

I'm now using my "Work-Out" area almost daily, mostly by myself. Take a look at my track and you'll see why I do these by myself. A rather haphazard path.

The piers I went on are community piers for homeowners that live off the lake, but have 'lake rights'. All their boats are in storage for the winter.

I saw a couple deer frolicking along, but they were out of sight by the time my camera was ready.
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Don Jean Bay Lauderdale Lakes
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Nov 08 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Lake Geneva Path-Part 2, WI 
Lake Geneva Path-Part 2, WI
 
Hiking avatar Nov 08 2020
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Hiking9.77 Miles 370 AEG
Hiking9.77 Miles   3 Hrs   43 Mns   3.02 mph
370 ft AEG      29 Mns Break
 
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(Please see my triplog "Lake Geneva Path Part #1", for details about the history of this path).

This 'Path Part #2' hike was done in November, so most of the 'fall colors' were gone. Also, the majority of piers and boat lifts have been hoisted out of the water for winter storage. Piers and lifts are put on shore (right next to the path), to prevent winter ice damage.

This path hike was on the south shore (west to east), and was a bit longer. Also, the path had to leave the shoreline a couple times, due to wetlands, and some ponds, adjacent to the lake.

One of my daughters and her hubby joined me on the hike.

Again, homeowners of the shore properties are in charge of designing and maintaining their section of this public path, and some of them go all out to make their portion unique.
Many homes on Lake Geneva are large, unique, and beautiful.
The largest mansion, Stone Manor, has 40,000 square feet of living space. Yikes!

The temperature was a little cooler this time, and rain was predicted, so not as many 'path hikers' were seen, until we got near the city of Lake Geneva.

Good times.
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Buttons Bay Lake Geneva
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Oct 13 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Fall Colors in the Midwest, WI 
Fall Colors in the Midwest, WI
 
Hiking avatar Oct 13 2020
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Hiking5.63 Miles 363 AEG
Hiking5.63 Miles   1 Hour   38 Mns   3.48 mph
363 ft AEG      1 Min Break
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Since I took the ski boat out of the water for the season, I've been taking some quick jaunts around the area. (Exercise is good).

Midwest fall colors this year are pretty good - Not the best I've experienced, but not bad.
Now, with the present overcast, fog, and on-and-off rain the last few days, the colors will soon be gone.

All we need now is a couple 30 to 40 mph wind days, and it will be - "Rake leaves time".
- Oh Wow - I can't wait. :)
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Lauderdale Lakes Mill Lake
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Sep 20 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Lake Geneva Path-Part 1, WI 
Lake Geneva Path-Part 1, WI
 
Hiking avatar Sep 20 2020
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Hiking8.70 Miles 278 AEG
Hiking8.70 Miles   3 Hrs   26 Mns   2.87 mph
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Some family members and I took a hike on the Lake Geneva, Wi shoreline path.
This hike covered over 8 miles of the approx. 22 miles of the path.

Lake Geneva is about 7 miles long, east to west, and averages about 1.5 miles wide.
The lake is unique, as it has a public walking path, right on the shoreline, that encircles the entire lake. The shoreline is loaded with huge, beautiful homes also.
The public path is 'in front' of all those homes, right next to their piers and boats.

Many of the homes on Lake Geneva could be considered mansions/estates, and many were initially built in the late 1800s to early 1900s.
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History of the path:
The path was initially established years ago, by Indian cultures, including the Potawatomi tribe. The Native Americans established the path as a means to get to their various fishing and hunting grounds, from their villages, which were also on the lake.
After the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, many wealthy Chicagoans made their way up to Lake Geneva to build summer estates, that were just as big and elegant as their Chicago homes.
The path then was used by workmen, to transport building material, to build those homes.

Some of those wealthy families have familiar names, such Sears, Schwinn, Wrigley, Swift (Swift Meat Packing Co), Maytag, and the president of the Santa Fe Railroad. Lake Geneva was their summer retreat from the Chicago summers.

Those early settlers declared the “20 feet leading to the shoreline be preserved as public domain.”
Property owners are responsible for maintaining the path through each of their properties. This makes the path very unique, as each property owner puts their own spin on their part of the shore path. Some have flagstone, gravel, tile, wood, or just grass.
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This hike was Hike #1 of our three planned hikes around the lake.
Hike #2 has also been done (on a different section of the path), and I'll put hike #2 up on HAZ in a few days.
Our hike #3 will depend on the weather, later this fall.

Great fun for all of us, and a great way to be with family.
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-- Disclaimer -- My photos are smaller than usual, due to my internet connection
being SLOOOOW, in the "boondocks of the midwest".
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Apr 07 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Turret PeakCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 07 2020
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Hiking3.75 Miles 1,275 AEG
Hiking3.75 Miles   5 Hrs   28 Mns   1.96 mph
1,275 ft AEG   3 Hrs   33 Mns Break
 
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This hike was rather short, due to me being able to negate all 'road hiking'.
I took FR-1981 all the way to the last point where Bishop Creek and FR 1981 cross each other.
It's as close to Turret Peak as a car can get.

The last 100 yards of FR 1981 (just prior to Bishop Creek), is a 'joke' of a road. It's more like driving down a very narrow, and rounded, 'half-tube'.
It made me think of the Olympic game's 'Luge' event.

I used Bishop Creek, then a drainage, to get part way up to Turret Pk.
I then plowed through vegetation for the last portion of the hike. It gets quite steep, the closer you get to the 'turret' portion of Turret Pk.

I peered at the vertical walls of the turret, and finally found a safe, and easy route up to the top of the bouldery turret ridge. A short trek on the turret top led me to the high point.
The high point is rather level, with alot of room to move around. As soon as I got to the high point, I could see all three USGS disks, that were set atop boulders back in 1966.

There are great views in every direction. I spent alot of time enjoying those views.
The hike down was easy and uneventful.

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Sadly, this will be my last hike in HAZ country, until this coming fall. This COVID-19 stuff is forcing me back to the midwest early, to take care of some family things. Nothing drastic, just getting back there to be available, if needed.

Now ….. I have some "Shout-Outs" to make, to HAZ hikers.

Shout-Out #1
Thanks for all your 'Likes' and nice 'Comments' on my triplogs and photosets. I read them all, and appreciate them all. Obviously, I end up hiking to benchmarks, but that's only my 'own ploy', to get out, and enjoy Arizona.
It appears we all have different, and varied backgrounds, but the love of hiking, sets us all in the same, adventurous direction. Good for us.

2 - Shout-Out #2
wallyfrack - I won't be able to get up to "Peak 5501" until this fall, but I promise it will be one of my first hikes, when I get back.
With the stock market in the 'dumps', I now have a double incentive to get up to Peak 5501. :)
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Shout-Out #3
To our HAZ CEO and President, Joe Bartels - You don't get enough verbal credit. Your HAZ hiking site is, by far, the absolute best hiking site on the planet. No other site even comes close.
The work you have put into this website is just amazing. The depth and breadth of HAZ is almost never-ending, and it's all because of you, and your efforts. Yes, we all contribute our hike stuff to HAZ, but you make all this work.

I'm sure I'm not alone, when I say, every time I put up my hike info, I smile from ear to ear, knowing that I'm affiliated with HAZ. Keep up the great work, and know that you are much appreciated.
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Now - To all HAZ members - Hike Safe - and - Stay Healthy.
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Apr 01 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Rugged Mesa 5660 - Tonto NFCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 01 2020
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Hiking7.67 Miles 1,677 AEG
Hiking7.67 Miles   7 Hrs   10 Mns   2.12 mph
1,677 ft AEG   3 Hrs   33 Mns Break
 
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Only 3 Haz members have logged hikes to Rugged Mesa, and all three just used the mesa as part of their track, to get to there real destination - Turret Peak.

I chose to hike up Rugged Mesa as a destination, because I knew my reason for going up there may take all day. (Turret Pk can wait, as a stand-alone hike).

There's a symbol on some TOPO maps, of a triangle on Rugged Mesa.
It could be either a triangulation station (for we hikers, a benchmark), or possibly a 'GLO' Mark (General Land Office survey disk). The symbol appears to be almost, but not quite, at a point where four sections of land intersect, so it could be a GLO mark, yet most TOPOs indicate a 'benchmark' with that triangle symbol.

GLO marks are usually disks set on a pipe, extending up about a foot or two.
As most know, benchmarks are usually round disks, set in a cement block, or in a bedrock boulder.
Also the USGS has set many 'benchmarks' without a disk. They just etched/carved a number in a boulder, and that etching/carving is the benchmark location. (See my Joe's Hill hike).
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The fourth thing the symbol could be is ….. nothing at all.

The Hike:
The mesa is about 2 miles long, and about 3/4s of a mile at its widest.
I drove to the base of Rugged Mesa, and hiked up.
Most of the mesa is ringed (at the top edge) with protective boulder walls, or just great big boulders. After finding a soft spot through the boulders, I was greeted with rather easy hiking atop the mesa. Tall grasses, 5 Ft high shrubs, including Cat Claw, and boulders of all sizes are up there.
Also, some hardwoods are present, showing signs of a long ago fire.

I hiked to the 'triangle symbol' area, and started searching.
A zillion boulder outcrops are in this area, plus alot of shrubs and trees. I stood on boulders for height, and scanned areas, looking for disks, any lumber, etchings in boulders, and short pipes coming out of the ground.

Finally, while scanning my 4th or 5th section, I saw what appeared to be a pipe, about 100 feet away.
It 'was' a pipe, and it had a disk atop the pipe.
It was a GLO mark, designating where 4 sections of land meet.
YIPPEE for me.

Still curious about that triangle symbol on TOPOs, I did search that specific area for a disk, and for etchings/carvings in boulders. I saw nothing else 'man-made', so I took photos of the 'disk-on-a-pipe', and then just wandered around Rugged Mesa.

I descended the mesa at a different location, for variety.
It was a much longer, arduous track down, and not recommended. Very thick vegetation, on very steep terrain.

As my curiosity was satisfied, I call the hike a success, and alot of fun.
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Mar 27 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Granite Peak (Yavapai County), AZ 
Granite Peak (Yavapai County), AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 27 2020
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Hiking4.14 Miles 1,332 AEG
Hiking4.14 Miles   4 Hrs   45 Mns   2.20 mph
1,332 ft AEG   2 Hrs   52 Mns Break
 
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This Granite Mountain is about 12 miles northeast of Perry Mesa, and only 3 miles northwest of Turret Pk and Rugged Mesa.

I used three dirt roads to get close to the base of Granite Mtn, and the last road was the challenging one. - Not much left of it.

It was a fairly straightforward hike up, and a bit of brush coming down. Catclaw was the nemesis vegetation for the day.

Starting out, the temp was 36 degrees, and when I finished, it was 50 degrees. - With a breeze.
Great temps for going up a mountain.

Surveyors took a helicopter ride, in 1966, to do their work up there.
A fire must have swept through the area, sometime after that, as most of the hardwoods on the mountain were dead and charred.
All other plant life were getting ready for their spring glory.

A fun little hike, with excellent views.
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Mar 22 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Buckhorn Mountains Hi Pt 4565Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2020
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Hiking6.90 Miles 2,192 AEG
Hiking6.90 Miles   7 Hrs   49 Mns   1.77 mph
2,192 ft AEG   3 Hrs   55 Mns Break
 
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At 4,565 feet, Buckhorn Mountain is the highest point in this mountain range. I have read that it is also known as 'Crater Benchmark'.
(There are quite a few 'Buckhorn Mtns' in Az. This one is between Winkelman, and Pleasant Lake Reservoir, in Yavapai County).

The area was once very prolific in mining, and prospecting. Plus, I believe some ranching still goes on, due to the "Watch where you step" methodology I had to employ.

I did a clockwise loop, with the, 'up to the mountain', being mostly a curved track, going up and down many mountains and ridges.
Once off Buckhorn Mtn, it was more of a straightforward descent, with the added attraction of using the 'A D Wash' for awhile.

The only negative on the way up was traversing around the side of one of the many mountains.
The area had very thick vegetation, with barely visible, loose rocks/boulders.
We humans like to walk upright, but traversing a mountainside with a pitch of 30 to 40 degrees, is a good way to strain the heck out of your 'human' feet, and ankles. Good thing that area was short lived.
Of course, the USGS surveyors wouldn't want to hear any of my whining, as they used a helicopter, to get up there in 1963.

Wonderful views up there - That alone made the hike worthwhile.
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Mar 15 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Lost Mine-National-Goat-Pyramid Loop, AZ 
Lost Mine-National-Goat-Pyramid Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2020
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Hiking7.42 Miles 1,619 AEG
Hiking7.42 Miles   3 Hrs   56 Mns   3.01 mph
1,619 ft AEG   1 Hour   28 Mns Break
 
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Most of my hikes are up obscure mountains that are only approachable via dirt roads, and most of those roads (in dry weather), are in fair to terrible shape.
Now, you add the rain we just had, and with more to come, I'm giving those roads a hiatus.
Ergo, this hike.

I have done this 'combo trail' hike before, and it's great. A good, quick AEG up Lost Mine, followed by cruising as fast as you desire on National, and Pyramid. I threw in tiny Goat Hill also.
Plus, this 'trail hike' felt like a vacation, as it lets me avoid all vegetation, that usually attempts to reach out and say "Hello".

I started out from Ahwatukee, or as 'johnlp' calls it, "The Dark Side". - :)

I got to the TH before sunrise, and was the first car in the lot. When I was done, cars were parked up and down Chandler Blvd for two blocks. (Oh yeah - It was Sunday).

The first couple miles felt like 'midwest humidity', probably due to the soil trying to equalize, and dry out, after the heavy rains.

After that, a breeze started up, and all was excellent.
A fun hike.
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Mar 04 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Joes Hill, AZ 
Joes Hill, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 04 2020
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Hiking8.52 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking8.52 Miles   5 Hrs   41 Mns   2.26 mph
700 ft AEG   1 Hour   55 Mns Break
 
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Joes Hill was plan B.
A road to Plan A had a 'pond' in the middle of it, and the bypass around the pond was 18 inches of wet mud, with signs of one or more vehicles being pulled out of the mud. No thanks.

Actually, I did Joes Hill, and then another little hike on the way out of Perry Mesa, near Bishop Creek.
After those treks, I did an even shorter hike on the other side of I-17, to locate Joe Benchmark's azimuth disk.
If you can follow my photos - Congratulations.

Joes Hill:
Formed a zillion years ago, and is considered an example of a 'shield volcano'. (Look it up).
Basically, that's how the various mesas formed also.
Joes Hill is actually located on Hansenaz's Mesa - Some call it Perry Mesa.
But since Hansenaz has spent as much time up there as William Perry did, he should have equal billing. - :)

Joes Hill has a benchmark at its top, named "JOE". It was set by the NGS, in 1958. The year it was set intrigued me, as 1958 seemed much later than I expected.

Well, I discovered another 'benchmark' up there, (and its two reference marks), that I'm sure pre-dates Joe BM. It's a USGS BM, which means I'll have to email to get data on it. (No info online).

I started out from Perry Windmill, went to the 'Hill', located stuff, then wandered back to the windmill.
My arbitrary wander back, had me almost walk right into 'another disk' - This one was sitting on a pipe. I swear, these things are starting to locate Me.

Although my intent was just to locate disks, Perry Mesa is so rich in "Art and Kitchen Utensils", It's hard not to wander into them.

I'm glad I was forced to do my Plan B (and C), as the day turned out to be alot of fun.
Plan A can wait for dryer conditions.
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Feb 20 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
East of Eagletails, AZ 
East of Eagletails, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 20 2020
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Hiking15.97 Miles 850 AEG
Hiking15.97 Miles   6 Hrs   47 Mns   2.80 mph
850 ft AEG   1 Hour   5 Mns Break
 
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I did four hikes east of the Eagletail Mountains.
I drove the Pipeline Rd, and stopped three times to do the four hikes.

The 16 mile distance above includes 7 miles in the car, and 9 miles hiking.
I adjusted the MPH.
(I turned on the GPS and kept it on throughout).

Hike #1 - Eagle Azimuth Mark - 1 Mile
In Jan 2019, I hiked up into the Eagletails, and located Eagle Benchmark, its two reference marks, plus a huge cairn that also is an actual benchmark. Surveyors placed the cairn on the east edge of the mountain, to make it visible from the easterly flat desert.
The cairn was totally dismantled when I got up there last year, so I rebuilt it.
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Sure enough, from the Eagle Azimuth Mark, I could see the cairn peeking at me.

On the hike last year, I ran out of time to locate the Eagle Azimuth Mark, so I took this short little trek, and located it.
In fact, Eagle Azimuth Mark was the impetus for driving to the area in the first place.
I chose other, rather quick hikes, to make the drive worthwhile.

Hike #2 - Centennial Benchmark on Centennial 1559 - 4 Miles
The car stayed parked, and I headed north northwest, across the open desert to one of the tiniest mountains I've ever hiked. From afar, it looks like any other 'mountain range', except it must have taken shrinking pills.
I located Centennial BM, and its reference marks, then hiked back to the car.

Hike #3 - Maricopa/Yuma Boundary Monument #33 - 3 Miles
I drove down Pipeline Rd a bit, and hiked NE to locate the marker, which was set atop a pipe. The big disk reads "Yuma County" 1918 "Maricopa County"
This was true in 1918. (Now It should read La Paz and Maricopa).
Some monuments along their shared border are frustums, but not this one.

Hike #4 - Court Benchmark on Court 1773 - 1 Mile
It's nice to be able to park, literally at the base of a mountain. This craggy, scree laden mountain is just east of Courthouse Rock, and I presume surveyors named the BM after the bigger mountain.
Court Benchmark, and its 2 RMs were easily located.
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I located everything I set out to locate - Eight disks.
The Eagle Azimuth mark, and the County boundary monument locations were sketchy at best, but I lucked out and found them.

The views to the southwest, (Eagletails), were great. The views other directions were just OK.

Except for jumping in and out of the car alot, this "Hike/Drive Fest" was a fun little excursion.
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Feb 13 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
CAP - Sauceda Mountains, AZ 
CAP - Sauceda Mountains, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 13 2020
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Hiking5.14 Miles 973 AEG
Hiking5.14 Miles   5 Hrs   31 Mns   2.17 mph
973 ft AEG   3 Hrs   9 Mns Break
 
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Another hike in the Sauceda Mtns, south of Gila Bend and east of Rte 85.
You'll need a permit from the BMGR, to be in this area.

Peak 2085 is five miles west of Hat Mountain, and located off the same set of roads. Peak 2085 is a rather nondescript mountain, attached to a range of nondescript mountains.
CAP benchmark is on Peak 2085's high point.

Peak 2085 is on the 'deterioration-fast-track'. It's craggy, full of loose rocks and boulders, and has numerous cliff bands all over the place. Some of the cliff bands are also falling apart.
All this probably makes the peak a low contender on anyone's hike list.

My track up included two, 25 to 30 foot high cliff bands. I avoided one of them by trekking beside it until I found an opening.
The other cliff band had no such openings, so I had to climb up (and down), using the softest spot I could locate.
Prior to going down that spot, I took my backpack off, and lowered it down first, using parachute chord. All went well.

From the top of the peak, I had good views of the surrounding area.
To the east, I could see Hat Mountain's 'Hat' and 'Brim' - Too bad it was still in the shade.
To the west of Rte 85, Air Force fighters were busy firing missiles at targets, leaving plumes of white smoke over those targets.

I ran across numerous stashes of discarded, old clothes and other trash, (backpacks, clothing, batteries). They mostly were in little alcoves on the initial ridge I used, prior to getting to the cliff bands.
I also found a well made 'boulder wind-break' atop the mountain (with old clothing and trash). It was just ten feet from the buried benchmark disk. I assume that was a look-out post for bad guys.

The hike down was uneventful, even with that unavoidable cliff band I had to climb down.
The usual cholla and scree weren't too bad either, on my descent.
All in all - A good, solid hike.
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Frustum 24 - New River Mountains, AZ 
Frustum 24 - New River Mountains, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 04 2020
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Hiking7.20 Miles 4,300 AEG
Hiking7.20 Miles   10 Hrs   20 Mns   1.18 mph
4,300 ft AEG   4 Hrs   14 Mns Break
 
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I used FR 41 to get as close as I could to Maricopa/Yavapai County marker #24.
Other than immediately crossing the flowing New River 'river', the entire hike was up mountains, then down mountains, then up again.

As I found out on my last hike into the New River Mtns, this whole area looks, and feels big and expansive. Most of the highest mountains, 'peak-out', between 5,400 and 5,900 feet, and all appear to have a common symmetry.

The last time I went 'Frustum Hunting' was in 2017 - [ photo ] -
A refresher on what I'm trying to locate:
To settle an early 1920s dispute between Yavapai and Maricopa Counties, as to where their common border was located, the NGS (National Geodetic Survey) came in and set dozens of benchmarks near the border area, and then set 31 county boundary monuments right on the actual border- The NGS did all this in 1924.

The 31, three sided concrete boundary monuments, are in the shape of a frustum, with a pipe protruding from the top. (Frustum - Think of a pyramid with its top cut off)

My first destination was Bilby Benchmark (1924), which is sitting on top of a mountain, south of the county border, obviously in Maricopa county. Then I had to go further north, way down through a valley, then up another mountain for Summit Benchmark (1924). Summit BM lives in Yavapai county, and is very near the county border. Frustum #24 is only about 65 Ft south of Summit BM. All three are in great shape.

Well, Frustum #24 does have a bit of a 'wobble' to it, but possibly, so will all of us when we are 96 years old.

Once done locating these things stuck in the ground, I headed back to the TH. As usual, the hike back was a 'footslog'.

Of the 31 frustums set, I have located all the ones that are available to be located, except for one.
The frustums not available are either gone via infrastructure modifications (roads etc), on private land, under water (Pleasant Lake Reservoir) or pulled out and taken by vandals.

This was a challenging hike, with alot of 'YO-YO' ups and downs.

To locate that last viable frustum, I'd have to ford the Verde River to get a bit closer to it. It would be an 18 mile hike, without fording, and no frustum is worth 'slogging' that far. :)
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