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Dec 14 2019
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 University, AZ
Big Horn BM 3183Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 14 2019
Jim_H
Hiking7.50 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles
1,600 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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Not impressive statistically, but the hike is challenging from the perspective of the terrain and the rock. Decent views, with substantially clearer air to the east and south. Turns out that while humidity may be a part of the dirty air, the smog really is...well...smog, in the Valley. Otherwise, a new area for inspecting.

No entries in the 23 year old summit registry since HAZ member Mike "the Ice" Berg, in February.
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Dec 15 2012
sbkelley
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 Joined Mar 29 2007
 Reno, NV
Big Horn BM 3183Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 15 2012
sbkelley
Hiking7.00 Miles 1,900 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   5 Hrs      1.40 mph
1,900 ft AEG
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Few places rival the Maricopa Mountains in winter for scenery, lighting, and solitude. I finally got around to exploring the Southern Maricopas earlier in November, when Ken, Tanya, and I collected three unnamed summits during a day trip. Looking at Big Horn BM that day sparked an interest to return.

The morning was foggy with the previous day's rain, and we even encountered some small pools while hiking in the wash from the parking spot to Big Horn herself. Eric found a sharp, interesting ridge, and we left the wash, making a beeline for the summit. Some good scrambling and knife-edges kept our interest as we made our way above 3000' to one of the higher points in the Maricopas. Nobody had signed the log since Ken's 2010 ascent, and we must have stayed on top for an hour, sipping summit brews and looking at distant, snow-covered peaks to the east and north. Very clear day. Took Ken's described ridge on the way down, finding the cholla mine field right at the exit. Highly recommended mountain.
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Fraley Pose
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Sonoran Desert National Monument
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May 01 2010
desert_boonie
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40 male
 Joined Aug 05 2004
 Peoria, AZ
Big Horn BM 3183Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 01 2010
desert_boonie
Hiking7.00 Miles 1,900 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   4 Hrs   3 Mns   1.73 mph
1,900 ft AEG
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With probably the last weekend to hike before temps start to rise I decided to hit up this peak and enjoy an off trail hike in the desert. Wish you could have been able to drive in further, but the BLM as the dirt road closed. The ridge is visiible from the start of the hike and the route is pretty simple to follow. A nice breeze made for a great trek up this peak. The views were great and it seemed you were in the middle of nowhere until you look south and see the interstate a few miles away. Shared the top with some ladybugs and buzzing bees for almost an hour. Looks like the official register of the BM is gone or never placed in the ground? The red can up there doesn't see many signatures. Just over 20 people in 15 years. This peak reminded me a lot of Harcuvar which means SWEET. On the way back in the wash came across my first gila monster. Such an awesome lizard and sight to see. :) Got back to the Jeep and enjoyed the drive home as it was still cool out.
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average hiking speed 1.56 mph

WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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