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Apr 21 2018
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 University, AZ
Mohawk MountainSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 21 2018
Jim_H
Hiking3.50 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   5 Hrs      0.70 mph
1,500 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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Coming in from the south I spotted 6 to 8 pronghorn. Awesome! I wish I skipped this early on after realizing I didn't care for the boulders in the bottom, and instead I should have spent some time hiking the dunes.

Driving out the clouds and views were lovely. I won't be back for this mountain, but I sill like the views of the range. I found this and the SP description inadequate for the gully and when unfamiliar, having no gps, as well as when time limited and it being warmer than ideal for black rock. The slopes were rough and unpleasant, and after inspecting summit pictures, I am OK to skip this.
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Apr 20 2013
JuanJaimeiii
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53 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Mohawk MountainSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking4.83 Miles 2,946 AEG
Hiking4.83 Miles   4 Hrs   43 Mns   1.08 mph
2,946 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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Ahh, I finally got to go out on the Barry M. Goldwater range and do Mohawk Mountain. This has been on the wish list for some time now. Ken did it about 6 weeks ago and it got my attention. He was kind enough to take me out there and show me the route up. We also hit up 2551 which was on his wish list as well. That peak was the tougher of the two to scramble up but nothing over the top.

I don't know what was up but I was like a cholla magnet today. No bueno! Other than that I had a great time. On the way back he wanted to hit Dateland and get some shakes. Muy Bueno!

Thanks Ken for driving and taking me out to this awesome Mountain Range. Next time we will traverse the ridgeline. :y:
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 Peoria, AZ
Mohawk MountainSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 20 2013
desert_boonie
Hiking4.83 Miles 2,946 AEG
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Was lucky to have the opportunity to get up this mountain again and to meet another great HAZ hiker John. After a few exchanged messages we were able to set this trek up and he was kind enough to agree to do another peak in the range I wasn't able to do last time I was down there with me. That traverse to peak 2551' put to most spice in the trek for us but it was well worth it. After seeing John attract the most cholla barbs to anyone I have ever seen I thought I was going to get away from them for the day, figures on the way out I get a nice thick one stuck in my calf. I couldn't help but let out some words people shouldn't hear. :) Great day again down south, and John was looking over another trek in that range for us to do when temps cool off, I like his style.
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Mar 09 2013
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 Peoria, AZ
Mohawk MountainSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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desert_boonie
Hiking4.53 Miles 2,400 AEG
Hiking4.53 Miles   4 Hrs   31 Mns   1.29 mph
2,400 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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Another trip down south, another great time spent in the AZ desert. With weekend weather cooling off again it was time to hit this area up before the heat comes in and makes it not as enjoyable. Off from the valley before the sun was up I was making good time on the less traveled highways to get to this area. About 15 miles west of Gila Bend the sunrise came, and I went over a hill and the Mohawk Mountain range was in sight. The early morning light on them and the surrounding mountains really told me I was in for a good day.

I get to mile marker 48 and was able to cross the highway there and go through the gate to start the sandy road traverse to where I wanted to park. I called in my permit, tried to get my things together there so I wouldn't waste time at the trailhead (meaning where I park for the day)and got going towards the mountain. Just looking up at this range was pretty breath taking, for a range that tops out just over 2700' she looks like a massive girl that should be double that number. I find my opening in the mountain I wanted to traverse, find the rock path with faint tire marks on it and get myself as close to the mountain as I can.

The hike starts and I enter the wash that is virtually the golden road up this mountain to the saddle. I was hoping to see some pools of water but no such luck, she was pretty dry even with recent rain in the area. The rock formation leading up this mountain is pretty spectacular, she is pretty solid on the lower half and then as you go up she becomes a bit crumbly which could damper your day if you decide to make a good scramble in certain sections that look tempting.

I made great time getting up and was on the saddle in just over an hour. From here the views are incredible, you get your first look at the SE range and I was just in awe with the rugged country and peaks in front of me now. I look up at the summit traverse and also start to drool, I know right away this is going to be fun. She quickly becomes exposed and you can really have some fun on this short ridge traverse to the summit as long as you check the holds in the rock because half of it wants to come out at the simplest touch. I come up over a jagged rock and see the towers on the summit a hundred feet away. I was almost disappointed that the traverse was over and I was on the summit already. But the views from up to will satisfy almost anyone who goes up there.

The wind was whipping pretty good on top so I got my jacket on, pulled out my lunch and summit brew and tried to avoid the wind by dropping down below the solar panels taking in the views to the south and looking over at future treks. While enjoying my brew, I looked over at peak 2551' just to the NE of Mohawk and had planned on getting up her today as well. With the 700' drop and my still sore big toe from last weekends hike it didn't look as appealing to me anymore. So while looking over at the Mohawk Dunes just to the west I had a better idea of getting down and then checking out a section in the dunes and do some soothing barefoot hiking.

As I get everything together on the summit and plan to start heading down I see a helicopter nearby coming close to the mountain. So I did what anyone would do, I went over to the summit helipad and stuck my thumb out trying to get a ride down. They didn't come close enough to see me so I had to hike down. Again I made good time going down and with the dunes in front of me the entire time I couldn't wait to check them out. I got back to the Jeep, downed some nice cold Gatorade and drove on over as close as I could get to the dunes.

Had to do about a 25 minute hike across the sandy desert floor, sinking in the ground to my ankles several times before actually reaching the dune hills. Once I reached the hills it was time to take my shoes off and go barefoot in the sand. WOW, what a great feeling, it brought back memories of a few weeks ago when I was actually walking on sandy beaches. I took in the views, enjoyed the nice cool sand between my toes which made me forget about my sore big toe and turning black toenail. I laid down against my pack looking back at Mohawk and the hike I had just done and couldn't have asked for anything more in life. With the light breeze setting off a cooling effect in the sun I was able to take a nice 20 minute nap in the sand. After looking at the time I knew it was time to end to peaceful day and head back home.

On the way out I was stopped by border patrol just doing their routine checking of who was in the area and why. Again I got a weird look on someones face when I told them I was out here hiking. He let me be on my way and it was off to Dateland for a nice cold shake and replenishing fresh dates for the rest of the drive back home.

Another beautiful isolated hike in southern AZ, cannot beat that.
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Jan 08 2011
easternewbie
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34 male
 Joined Dec 10 2006
 Aurora, CO (and
Mohawk MountainSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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easternewbie
Hiking6.00 Miles 2,400 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   5 Hrs      1.20 mph
2,400 ft AEG
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Came back for another climb up this bad boy with Scott Kelley. Not much new to report, though the ascent was more enjoyable with company! Great views from the top, less hazy than last time if my memory serves me. Perfect hiking weather.

As a sidenote: Scott tried the 30' waterfall and reported its upper reaches to have rather loose rock. It's probably best avoided.

We went on to climb the highpoint of the Sierra Pinta the next day, which makes this one feel like Camelback in comparison!
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 Reno, NV
Barry Goldwater/Cabeza Prieta, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Jan 08 2011
sbkelley
Hiking24.00 Miles 4,400 AEG
Hiking24.00 Miles   13 Hrs      1.85 mph
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The empty quarter on the map has always held an allure, and we have a great one here in Arizona. I had been reading people's reports and seeing pictures of the Cabeza Prieta NWR (mainly trips along El Camino del Diablo) over the past couple years, waiting for a chance to go myself. That chance materialized when Chris Gilsdorf, an avid peak climber, organzied a weekend trip to climb the Mohawk Mountains high point, along with that of the Sierra Pinta. He asked me and Scott Peavy along. It was a great offer, but it didn't come without risk. I hesitated much of the week, wondering if my Honda CR-V would make it, how the border situation was, how the terrain would be. After some asking around and extensive map research, we had a plan and a schedule. I talked myself into it, as the chance to see this area was too hard to pass up.

The Goldwater Range was not new to me. Last winter, Ken, Chris and I made it into the Gila Mountains and I remember how rugged and remote that felt. That was just the tip of the iceberg. Sheep Mountain lay only a few miles south of Wellton and I-8, away from any major north-south travel routes. Aside from a few munitions lying around, there was nothing to worry about.

Saturday's goal was Mohawk, and it was only going to be Chris and I this day. Scott would join us for Pinta on Sunday. I picked Chris up in Chandler around 6:30, and we were in Tacna shortly before 9. Into the sand and dust we went, and my car easily handled the crossing of the Mohawk dunes and the primitive road that led to Mohawk's base. Chris had done this climb before, and that was a help. The route to the top is very straight-forward, but all cross-country. We parked my car and set off for a mile across the open desert. Into the drainage we went, as the winter sun hid behind the north-facing wall. The new-found shade was nice as we enjoyed the solid rock-hopping. Halfway up, the solid gave way to loose scree, which slowed down progress. We hit the first saddle, traversed across a drainage, and found our way up to the main spine of the Mohawk Mountains. After some fun and airy scrambling we sat atop Mohawk Mountain.

Wow. The serrated ridge of the mountains extends in both directions, with only I-8 and Dateland to the north showing any sign of civilization. The Mohawk Dunes stretched out below us, miles in both directions. Wide-open country here.

The descent went smoothly, and we were back to Tacna by 4. We decided to stay here, since we had to meet Scott at 6 am the next morning at this exit. Will have to camp out here next time....

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Sunday was the day that made me nervous earlier in the week. 32 miles of dirt road driving into no man's land, near the border, having to cross 7 miles of desert by foot just to get to foot of Sierra Pinta...We met Scott right at 6 and headed south on the Tule Well/Christmas Pass road. The going through the Goldwater is pretty smooth, only a few sandy spots. We're stopped by Border Patrol and told that our progress will be stopped well before the Pintas. Mud bogs from recent rains, we're told, will prove a barrier that will stop my CR-V and Scott's Subaru. We figured we get as far as we could, and maybe explore the north end of the Pintas instead, if we could. Thanking the officer, we continued south. No mud ever appeared, and we crusied past the Cabeza Prieta boundary and to Heart Tank by 8 am.

Ugh. Now it's time for 7 miles of desert hiking...one-way. The three of us set off, into the cool and humid morning, the Pintas (mercifully) in a monotone haze on the horizon.

We chat on and off, just wanting the road-walk to end. Anybody hiked between Phantom Ranch and Cottonwood in Grand Canyon? The distance is about like that. At least it isn't a straight line across the Tule Desert, as the road twists and turns. The last couple miles get tedious, but the Pintas now finally loom closer

The road walk is the only "miserable" part - becuase the Pintas are well worth the effort. I always wondered what Arizona looked like before settlement. Cross the Tule Desert and scramble up in the Pintas and you will know. Not a paved road or city in sight. When the wind stops, the only sound you hear is the blood rushing through your ears. Wilderness.

We reach the Guzzler by 10:30 and refuel. This drainage to the top, like Mohawk's, will be shady all due because of the winter sun. The rock-hopping is fantastic and we found some tinajas along the 1800' climb up.

The rock scrambling was fantastic right up until the last 200 feet, then it got loose. No major problems, though, and we were on top by 12:30.

What a view. What a summit. The bleached granite against the stark sands and creosote flats gives the place a unique feel. You truly feel alone out here, something hard to do anymore these days. We spend a little while on top, then start moving back as quick as we can, hoping to beat sunset on the drive out. Chris's foot is hurting on the way down, but we reach the road again by 2:15 to start the long way home.

It's a long trek, but we pass the time. Back to the cars by 5, we change into clean clothes and start the drive out. The area gives us a nice send-off sunset

We see 3 more border patrol agents on the way out. Nobody wants to check permits: if anything, they want to socialize. Must get lonely out there sometimes, for sure. No signs of illegal crossings, not even trash (like in the Huachucas).

I can see what's so alluring about this wilderness to those few desert rats who venture out there...I would go back in a heart-beat.
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easternewbie
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 Aurora, CO (and
Mohawk MountainSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2010
easternewbie
Hiking3.70 Miles 2,400 AEG
Hiking3.70 Miles   6 Hrs   17 Mns   0.59 mph
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This is basically a more steep, more rugged version of "nearby" Sheep Mountain. I went with Scott Surgent, and we made it about halfway up before coming to the gully split; I went ahead on the L fork and found it to dead-end, then found the R fork to be a royal pain to get up. So did Scott, and he decided to call it a day there while I went ahead alone to the top.

If you have the equipment and the knowledge to use it, the 30' rock waterfall might actually be an easier alternative to the nasty loose scree to the R of it. If you can surmount/safely descend this waterfall, all that remains in your way are one or two easy class 3 waterfalls just above.

Beautiful part of the state, especially with all the greenery from our wet winter. Nice views of the Kofas, Castle Dome, and the band of dunes paralleling the approach road from the summit!
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