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Sep 03 2021
nikorock28
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 Kingman, AZ
Hayden Peak Summit Road - Hualapai MountainsNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 03 2021
nikorock28
Hiking7.00 Miles 2,150 AEG
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I received a pleasant word yesterday that the Park was opening it's trails today, which was originally slated for October (but many thought it may even be next Spring). I headed up and hiked the road all the way to Hayden, which is my favorite hike in the Hualapais. With some erosion and more rock exposed, I like it even more now. Coming down, I hit Dinosaur Rock, Tipton Overlook and the lower tower. Nice to be back on the official trails and some variety other than Getz.
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Aug 09 2021
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 Kingman, AZ
Getz Peak, AZ 
Getz Peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 09 2021
nikorock28
Hiking6.00 Miles 2,050 AEG
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Black bear sighting as I was heading down the long switchback in the forest just prior to the junction between the two towers. It was tumbling down the road about 150 yards in front of me. It didn't see me and I only saw it for about 5 seconds.
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Aug 04 2021
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South Loop Charleston Peak TrailVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Aug 04 2021
nikorock28
Hiking17.00 Miles 4,800 AEG
Hiking17.00 Miles   7 Hrs   17 Mns   2.33 mph
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The high was forecasted to be 86 for the day at Mt. Charleston with 0% chance of precipitation and I got going at 7:24AM and 66 degrees. The first two miles or so to the Echo Overlook were quite nice, including some steeper stretches of trail. From there, it was mind numbing forest switchbacks up to the Griffith Peak junction. Fairly moderate stretch of trail until it gets steep right before the junction. From there, there was some up and down along the ridge, though most of the trail does not follow the ridge. With a mile or so to go, there is a junction with some rocks and you can choose to go up to the ridge or down on the official trail. I went down, though if I hike it again, I will choose to go up. The views will be much better from the ridge.

The final half mile is fairly steep and I had the summit to myself, as there weren't many folks on the trail this day. 3:39 ascent time. A bit of clouds were trying to form overhead, so I was up there for about 10 minutes, then headed back down. Uneventful hike back down to the parking lot, with the last portion being a touch warm. My arms got burned pretty good as I wore short sleeves for the duration of the hike. Lesson learned to wear some sunscreen if I am going to be hiking in the sun for several hours at altitude. Nice hike, but next time I will do the Trail Canyon/North Loop up and down, as I found miles 2 to 4.5 of that route far superior (haven't been on the upper reaches of North Loop).
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May 23 2021
nikorock28
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 Kingman, AZ
Getz Peak, AZ 
Getz Peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 23 2021
nikorock28
Hiking15.00 Miles 5,680 AEG
Hiking15.00 Miles
5,680 ft AEG
 
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I got on the trail a bit earlier today than I normally do, so I decided to have some fun on Getz. 4x to both towers; 1:25PM to 7:31PM. It was a beautiful day. The Park is pretty much closed, but you can still hike this road. I asked and the main trails will remain closed until September, as they are anticipating an active monsoon season and thereby concerned with flash flooding through the burned areas.
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Apr 19 2021
nikorock28
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38 male
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 Kingman, AZ
Black Mountain - Cave CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2021
nikorock28
Hiking2.50 Miles 1,185 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles
1,185 ft AEG
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Always a wonderful option when I am in the Phoenix area. Started at noon and after the Kimball traverse yesterday, I wasn't quite 100 percent. Pushed it and made it up in 29 minutes from the official trailhead parking. I feel that is acceptable given the circumstances. I last hiked this in 2016 and the signage for the start of the trail seemed improved. There is a gate at the private driveway now. The trail also seemed wider. 14 others out there.
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Apr 19 2021
nikorock28
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 Kingman, AZ
Vulture PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2021
nikorock28
Hiking4.20 Miles 1,340 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles
1,340 ft AEG
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This has been on my list and I was pretty impressed. After a minor driving error (don't turn onto Vulture Peak Road... lol), I started the hike at 4:12PM. I was the only vehicle at the trailhead and did not see anyone else. On tired legs from previous hiking, so the steep switchbacks did me in a bit, but that last chute is very fun. The views from the top are excellent. I will definitely be back.
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Apr 18 2021
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 Kingman, AZ
Mount Kimball - Pima Canyon TraverseTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 18 2021
nikorock28
Hiking11.60 Miles 4,600 AEG
Hiking11.60 Miles
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After dropping a car at Pima Canyon, we got going from the Finger Rock parking lot at 9:41AM. It was sunny and quite nice. I would have liked to move faster, but I'm not used to humping 4 liters of water with me and additional pack weight, so that slowed me down a bit. We went over to Linda Vista viewpoint and took a decent break to eat and drink. Continued on with minor breaks here and there, reaching the top in 3 hours. Finger Rock is a fun climb and fun trail, though a little sad to witness the effects of the fire.

We were in no hurry, so we stayed at the top for 45 minutes. This is when clouds rolled in and, with the breeze, it was a bit chilly, so I threw on a long sleeved shirt. We headed back down, with the trail being decent for a short time, but began to deteriorate the further we descended. Not the most fun descent, but not that horrible either. Nice views at times both down and up canyon and we took a few breaks in the lower portions. It was cloudy for much of the descent, with the sun trying to break through at times. Drank 3.5 liters because I had it, but would have been fine with less.

I'm glad we did it, but probably just up and down Finger Rock the next few times. There were several folks out in the upper reaches of Finger Rock and one woman in upper pima. Nice to finally meet and hike with Jim.
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Apr 02 2021
nikorock28
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 Kingman, AZ
Cherum Peak TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 02 2021
nikorock28
Hiking9.80 Miles 2,950 AEG
Hiking9.80 Miles
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Third time doing Cherum Peak and all using the longer east approach. I started at 3:22 PM and it was perfect weather. Not too warm at the start and not too cool at the top.
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Mar 28 2021
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 Kingman, AZ
Black Mountain - McCulloughVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Mar 28 2021
nikorock28
Hiking6.40 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking6.40 Miles
2,100 ft AEG
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I didn't know there was a McCullough? It seems not many on HAZ have hiked this, which is a bit surprising. Nice stroll for a few miles with lots of long switchbacks up the ridge, then a very steep climb up the final 0.4 miles. Awesome views from the top.
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Mar 27 2021
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 Kingman, AZ
Skyline Trail - Palm SpringsBig Bear - Jacinto, CA
Big Bear - Jacinto, CA
Hiking avatar Mar 27 2021
nikorock28
Hiking8.80 Miles 4,000 AEG
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I got started at about 2PM. Downtown Palm Springs was popping with folks; fortunately, very few on the trail. I failed to read the hike description again and went askew at the big rock pile, continuing to the left and down. Hey, the trail warning sign is right next to it, so that would only make sense, right? Knew something was off when I saw downhill switchbacks ahead of me. Turned around, went back and found the correct uphill trail.

I think my plan was to go up for a couple hours, then turn around, but kind of playing it by ear. I struggled a little the day prior on Turtlehead Peak in Red Rock, but I will blame that on driving through Vegas (sucks the life out of me!). My energy was better this day and I was able to make it to around 4200' or so in 2:10, when the trail levels off and starts to curve right, at the base of a pair of hills directly ahead, with nice views of the looming mountain ahead of you. I really wanted to keep going, as I was powering the ups, but alas, I only carried 2.5L and this just wasn't the day for it. Twisted my ankle and took a tumble not long after turning around, so proceeded down with a little extra caution. That was all well enough as I was really enjoying the hiking, the trail and the warmth. Just to be hiking in shorts and short sleeves was amazing! Finished up by eating my sandwich at the picnic table and enjoying the last mile in the shade (though sun would have been nice, as well). I'll be back again, but probably never to do the full ascent :)
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Mar 21 2021
nikorock28
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 Kingman, AZ
Mount Wilson 5445 - Black MountainsNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2021
nikorock28
Hiking6.60 Miles 2,300 AEG
Hiking6.60 Miles
2,300 ft AEG
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Well, I made it further up the ridge than on my previous trip in December 2019. Parked just off the highway and started up the high clearance Black Joe Mine Road at 2:44PM. It took about 45 minutes to the base of the climb, then I went up the ridge for about another 45 minutes, which brought me to Sub Peak 4154'. There is an adjoining ridge from the south that meets at the sub peak and creates a bit of a cliff band that you need to drop back down and traverse around. I decided that this would be a good spot to turnaround. Great view of Lake Mead and Fortification Hill from up there, as well as very windy. I lost my hat, but at least I got a video. Rough terrain on the ridge, but very doable, but expect it to take much longer than a traditional "trail" hike. Maybe next time I will go just a little bit further :)
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Mar 14 2021
nikorock28
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 Kingman, AZ
Harquahala SummitSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2021
nikorock28
Hiking10.06 Miles 3,425 AEG
Hiking10.06 Miles   4 Hrs   6 Mns   2.45 mph
3,425 ft AEG
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Left Kingman a little after 7:30AM with some local folks. I decided I wanted to drive the dirt road to the trailhead in my Kia Forte and didn't do the greatest job of negotiating it. Just past the horse trailer parking area (0.4 miles from the trailhead), the biggest obstacle of the road was present and I decided to tap out there, parking off to the side. I did negotiate the road better on the return, so I was proud of that.

The rest of the group started at 10:38AM, but me, being a night owl and not a morning person at all, it was time for breakfast pancakes and syrup that I brought along. I ate, took my vitamins, rested and started hiking at 12:38PM. The beginning part of the trail, as you approach the base of the mountain, reminded me of Pima Canyon Trail down in Tucson. I enjoyed the climb up the rock laced drainage area and started to feel the hike at the old mining camp signpost. Hit the saddle and encountered the group coming down between the saddle and the summit. I made the top in 1:54, which I feel is respectable. I didn't stick around too long, just a couple minutes, then quickly headed back down to catch up with the rest of group. I hiked the last half of the descent with the group.

I enjoyed this trail. The summit was a little underwhelming, but I really didn't take any time to take in the views and perhaps my opinion was altered due to the wind. I would definitely hike it again, but probably leave my vehicle back at the gate. It got marked up pretty good trying to stay on the high side of the road. Only one other couple on the trail all day. Breezy conditions, but sunny, and I took a hooded sweatshirt that I never really needed. Carried 4-16.9 ounce bottles and drank 3 of them.
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Feb 27 2021
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 Kingman, AZ
Battleship Mountain 4165 - Nutt Wilderness, AZ 
Battleship Mountain 4165 - Nutt Wilderness, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 27 2021
nikorock28
Hiking4.60 Miles 1,900 AEG
Hiking4.60 Miles
1,900 ft AEG
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I was planning on going to Boundary Cone, but there was a bottleneck through Oatman, so I immediately turned around to go back to the Battleship. I had ventured through the wash the week prior and up the side drainage to the Class 3, 30 foot section of dry falls. I made it up the first section, which was vertical, but had good ledges for holds. The second section felt a little iffy for me, due to the smooth rock and lack of good holds. I decided it was best to turn around there, as I had started late in the day and wasn't going to make the peak anyways. On that trip, I stayed high on the way back, above the wash, and contoured along the base/ridge. I decided I would try taking the ridge on the next trip, which seemed more straightforward and direct.

I parked off of Silver Creek Road and headed north, cutting through a few dirt roads/washes, to an obvious mine road. The mine road takes you up to the ridge, which I tried to follow from that point on. I followed burro paths for the first half (the same burros were up there as the previous trip) and are in abundance. About halfway, you come to an obvious rock precipice. I chose to stay to the right of it, at its base, and you cross a short section of scree rock, which was pretty interesting. Just past the precipice you top out at a saddle of sorts and can now better see what is ahead of you. Lots of cactus (the burro paths had disappeared at this point) and a couple minor cliff bands will bring you to the base of the summit ridge. It was a little steep in spots, but I managed to find a chute up to the main ridge. Just keep going up where you can and the ridge narrows through an exposed section, but it is just a walk by at this point. A little more scrambling up will bring you to an open area that has a ton of cactus. Again, I started late in the day, and this was my turnaround point, but I got a nice view of the remaining ridge and summit ahead. As it always is with these steep, off trail type hikes, it took me longer to go down than up.

Fun route and I will be back again, but the cactus really can't be avoided. I think balls stuck into my shoe or me probably 10 times. Outside of that, this is a really neat area.
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Jan 26 2021
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 Kingman, AZ
Robbers Roost - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 26 2021
nikorock28
Hiking7.51 Miles 1,876 AEG
Hiking7.51 Miles
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This was truly a winter wonderland of a hike and despite my distaste for cold/snow, this was most enjoyable. The navigation over to Robbers Roost was a bit challenging as the snow cover and quite often downed vegetation made it difficult at times to spot the pathway. I was not very wise to wear my normal trail runners with severely depreciated useful tread life. However, I was fortunate that I did fall in the snow only twice and only once directly into a cactus. I thought the high point before dropping to the roost was pretty cool and the flowing water/snowfall made for a unique experience upon arrival. I took one award worthy photograph from the lone pine tree. Thanks to Linda for driving Peralta Road, keeping us on route and suggesting a winner of a hike for this day!
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Jan 09 2021
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Cupcake Mountain - Whipple MtnsInland, CA
Inland, CA
Hiking avatar Jan 09 2021
nikorock28
Hiking4.80 Miles 1,993 AEG
Hiking4.80 Miles
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Cupcake Mountain outside of Lake Havasu interested me, as it stands high above the lake, making it a focal point of the landscape. The first half of the trail leads to a rock massif, which reminded me of Picacho Peak. The trail winds around it, at its base, then slightly dips down before the steeper climb to the mouth of a drainage chute. This chute was a blast ascending! Pretty solid rock to grab onto to aide in your ascent. We thought there would be some sort of cairned route the last half mile to the top, but this was not so, as it is all pretty well defined trail. Great views from the top. The wind was fierce at times in the chute and on the open ridges. No other hikers were observed on the trail. Thanks to Linda for driving.

Edit: More than a few natural arches in the area! That was nice and interesting.
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Dec 07 2020
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 Kingman, AZ
Capitol Butte South Face aka Thunder MtnSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hike & Climb avatar Dec 07 2020
nikorock28
Hike & Climb2.00 Miles 1,800 AEG
Hike & Climb2.00 Miles
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First triplog for this in over 2.5 years, so I decided to post. The first pitch had me a little nervous and the thought even crossed my mind to turn back. I ignored the thought, started up and cleared the obstacle. I hugged the right side on the little ridge walk directly thereafter, which seemed like nothing coming back on the descent. Strange. Route finding was okay, not great, and I found the appropriate chimney to go up. I reached the top and there was a guy doing yoga/meditation up there, along with some chanting. After he had concluded, he came over to talk to me. He says he climbs this every week and I could tell by the way he blew past me going down. Dude was legit running/hopping like a mountain goat down the south face! It was pretty impressive. Some crazy folks out there. I always forget how steep this is until I do it. It made the Bright Angel Trail feel flat when I did it the next day.
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Sep 09 2020
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 Kingman, AZ
Cherum Peak via Shadow Canyon Road, AZ 
Cherum Peak via Shadow Canyon Road, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 09 2020
nikorock28
Hiking9.80 Miles 2,850 AEG
Hiking9.80 Miles
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This is the longer east approach that meets up with the official trail just below the summit. I parked off Shadow Canyon at around 4230 feet, intersection with Moonshadow Lane. You can cut more than a mile each way if you continue on and park at the start of the climb. The road was starting to get a little sandy though and I baby my little Kia (sometimes... haha). This route is sun exposed pretty much most of the way, which was nice on this cool day. Some areas of the road are quite rocky, but nothing that bad. Very nice views and I was quite pleased with this hike. I didn't see anyone else out there. I will definitely be back again.
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Jun 12 2020
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 Kingman, AZ
Aspen Peak, AZ 
Aspen Peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 12 2020
nikorock28
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,950 AEG
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After hitting Aspen Peak, I went over towards the spire east of the bench. From the base on the west side, I headed down the chute and into the brush, trying to work around to the north side. I then worked up from the north side, but there was a vertical overhang of 30 feet or so. Based upon a visual inspection of the rock, it appears water flows down this. I don't think there is an easy way up the spire.
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May 27 2020
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 Kingman, AZ
Hualapai Peak, AZ 
Hualapai Peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 27 2020
nikorock28
Hiking8.00 Miles 2,400 AEG
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It is my first ascent of Hualapai Peak this year, so I figured I would publish a triplog. I took the east fork of the loop on the ascent, as well as for the return. I started around 4:30PM and the car said it was 82 degrees. I jogged most of the flats and downhills on the ascent. The pathway for the last bit of off trail is the most defined I have ever seen it. It seems someone completed some maintenance up there as the vegetation was pretty much cleared. I didn't come across anyone else on the trail, though there were maybe 6 or 7 vehicles in the lot when I began. Ideal temperatures for me, not too warm and not too cold for the duration of the hike.
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Mar 21 2020
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Boundary Cone - Ute MountainsNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2020
nikorock28
Hiking2.00 Miles 1,650 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
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This was my 3rd attempt to climb this and I was finally successful. The first two tries I was in the wrong chute. I was able to stumble upon information online which clued me that I needed to veer more to the left in the first third. There were two guys (non-hikers) checking out the foundation and mine shaft near the beginning. A few quick comments back and forth as I was heading up and continuing on.

I breached the first hump of the ascent and decided to stay to the right and head up to what appeared to be a mini saddle. Once there, I wrapped around a touch to the south side, but it looked too cliffy to me, so I retreated the approximately 150 feet or so back down to see what other options were present. As I was heading back down, I was surprised to see another guy further up, coming down. I raised my hand in a wave gesture, but he didn't react, so I am not sure if he saw me or not. I didn't see him again after that (until I was finishing up the descent), so we either somehow missed each other (not much area up there, so not sure how that happened) or he went down a way which I had inspected and deemed improbable.

I investigated the option furthest to the left adjacent to a platform of smoothed rock (cool area) and came upon a chokestone climb. It didn't look too easy, so I opted for the rock directly to the right. One or two steps to cross over with some exposure and not great holds, but it seemed better than the stone. From there I was in the area beneath the summit block. I stayed to the left and, with minor scrambles, I was on the summit.

It is nice that I was able to figure out a route for this. It was not nice that I stepped on those golf sized cactus balls multiple times. They were all over and simply unavoidable. My gps track was all over the place, but this is certainly less than one mile and about 1500 feet of gain. I will definitely be back again soon!
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