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Peak 1976 - White Tank Mountains - 2 members in 4 triplogs have rated this an average 3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jul 19 2014
mt98dew
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 Phoenix,Az
Peak 1976 - White Tank MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 19 2014
mt98dew
Hiking8.39 Miles 1,700 AEG
Hiking8.39 Miles   3 Hrs   19 Mns   2.53 mph
1,700 ft AEG
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This hike had been on my "get 'er done" list for a while. And today was the day. But first....

:SB: As far as a trail systems go, the one in the Verrado area is a very frustrating system. They claim on signage that they have 20 miles of temporary trails. First, question. What is a temporary trail. That signage has been up close to 3 years now. Second question. Is a system still a system if it only has one signed trail? There are quite a few trails out there created by bikers and hikers and ATV'ers from days gone by, but none of these are signed. There are several mile posts that pepper the area, primarily along the wider tracks, but none provide trail names and they all seem to point to the petroglyphs. Verrado apparently heard my anguished silent cry because today....

I went out to do Peak 1976 and my plan was to do it in a counter clockwise manner. I crossed the golf path and made a right where the lasso starts. This put me on a 20 foot wide road heading north. The first trail marker I came to had me going west, up what at first was an ATV track. (Actually at first, I continued north down the road because I noticed some trail markers in the distance. Neither provided a name and they both seemed to point to the east to possible TH?). Since my goal was 1976 and that was to the west I turned around and followed the ATV track. It quickly turned into a single track that spiderwebbed a little but I followed the main track as it twisted and turned and headed in a northwest direction. There were a couple of tracks that headed off in a westward direction toward 1976 ( Sorry, I didn't reference my GPS so I'm unsure of the mileage) one of which had a growing 3 foot cairn. (This was a baby. There was a 5 foot cairn earlier on the trail). I was now intrigued by this trail heading north so I continued to north. As it continued north I entered a valley with a good sized wash to the west. About 2.5 miles the trail split, with path heading west across the wash and the other staying on the east berm. Staying on the east side the trail did several switchbacks and then ....... stopped. Literally. There was no indication as to where the trail might be mapped out (tagged trees, paint splotches, cairns). From the elevation i had recently gained from the switchbacks I could see some tools sequestered off to the side. So apparently this trail is still under construction and they are doing it the old fashion way, with picks and shovels.

So I turned around and went back to the last split in the trail. I crossed the wash and followed the trail as it headed north for a short distance before it started switch backing in a southward direction. I gained a little more elevation before this trail too stopped. I actually climbed a little higher off trail to get a perspective of these two trails. But all it did was confirm that both these trails were as clear as day up until the points where they stop. I wish I had had a camera. It would have been kind of cool to visually document and be able to look back years from now. Anyway, I retraced my steps and went back to the next split in the trail. This was the 3 foot cairn I mentioned earlier. Following this next fork in the trail once again took me across the wash to the west side. This was obviously a well used area. There were signs asking users to stay on designated trails and there was even a neat little jump set up for bikers. There was also a wooden bridge right next to it for the less adventuresome. This trail did some winding, but was definitely heading to the petroglyphs and peak 1976.

I took in the petroglyphs briefly before following the trail on the west side of them. I knew peak 1976 was to my right, but I figured I was use the trail while I could. The trail that I was on actually goes up to a saddle and forks. One trail heads down the other side of the hill (southwardly), the other trail cuts back and starts to wrap around peak 1976 in a northwest direction. I didn't know this at the time, so I only followed this trail for a short time before blazing a path toward the top. I soon encountered that switchback that I just mentioned. Thinking this "switchback" might get me closer to the top, I followed it as it headed north and west. This trail really didn't gain me any elevation it just got me to the west side of the peak. Realizing this, I got off trail and starting climbing from the west side. This side was probably more rugged than an east side ascent would have been but still very doable. My elevation was a bit different than mentioned in previous descriptions. I think I hit both "peaks" mentioned by Kingsnake and came in at 1996 for the higher point and 1967 for the lower one. From here I headed down the east side of the hill to the saddle and then took the southward track to a dirt road and the dirt road back to the petroglyph trail.

Didn't see any wildlife. Weather was ideal!.... at first. It was cloudy, breezy, and a decent amount of sprinkles to start the hike. But by the time I was climbing peak 1976 it was clear, hot and humid. Still a great hike. Very anxious to come back in a few months and check out the trail progress. It will be great to have options in this part of the White Tanks.
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Jun 25 2014
MikeS
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 Goodyear, AZ
Peak 1976 - White Tank MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 25 2014
MikeS
Hiking4.30 Miles 691 AEG
Hiking4.30 Miles      46 Mns   5.61 mph
691 ft AEG
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Ran up the hill to the south before work with John and Dave.
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Jun 06 2011
kingsnake
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 Sunnyslope, PHX
Peak 1976 - White Tank MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 06 2011
kingsnake
Hiking4.24 Miles 849 AEG
Hiking4.24 Miles   1 Hour   46 Mns   2.40 mph
849 ft AEG
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Got a bit later start than normal, leaving home at 5:15 a.m., rather than starting my hike at that time, in order to finish my hike after the west valley rush hour. (If I had finished earlier than 9:00 a.m., I would be stuck in the middle of it, coming back into Phoenix.) As it was, I had to dodge a major accident, two cars totalled in the middle two lanes of west bound I-10, around 43rd Ave. Did not see anyone in the car, and no cop or tow truck in site. It was just ... there. Some aspiring Psych PHD should do her thesis on whether Phoenix traffic causes PTSD.

Anyway, got to the trailhead and discovered there were no facilities, not even a garbage can. (Or, perhaps more importantly, no doggie doo station.) Proceeded up the wash for a few minutes, then provided some brush with much needed liquid refreshment. Was considering whether to continue in the wash, or head up the embankment to the jeep trail, but stayed in the wash until I unexpectedly came face-to-face with the rock wall. Started going up the middle, but decided even though it is not that high that my non-technical self did not want to risk doing a Ralston. Went north up an easier route, then cut back across the top of the wall to the petroglyphs. Took lots of pictures, then went looking for a good route up Peak 1976.

There really is none, so it was slow going up the mountain's north face. (Sounds very Eiger-ish doesn't it?) There's actually a few small flat spots on the slope, but there are also some boulders, and plenty of cactus. I took my time mostly to avoid any serpentine encounters. Got to the top at 2025 feet, just northwest of Peak 1976. (A false peak.) Watched a raptor flying *below* me, while Luke AFB fighters roared overhead. Pretty cool.

Up to that point had been considering combining Patrick L's Peak 1976 and Peak 2212 routes into one large loop. But going off trail up Peak 1976, and looking across the valley to doing more of the same up Peak 2212, I decided instead to bail. (If there had been an established trail I would have done it, but having to bushwhack, decided doing just one hill was the wiser choice.) Went east off the hill to a foot trail a couple hundred feet down. Started down the foot trail, and soon the bottom of my right hiking shoe got all stabby. Took off my shoe to find all kinds of cholla needles jammed into the sole. Took awhile to remove them, as they were remarkably tweezers resistant. Got back down to the main east-west jeep trail, then headed east back to the trailhead. Good thing too, as it was warming up quick.

Time In: 9:14 a.m. Duration: 2h 47m. Hike time, minus breaks, removing cholla needles, GPS/map reading, etc.: 1h 46m. Distance: 4.24 mi. Pace: 2.40 mph. 849 AEG.
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Mar 21 2011
PatrickL
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 Joined Jan 10 2010
 Buckeye, AZ
Peak 1976 - White Tank MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2011
PatrickL
Hiking3.30 Miles 513 AEG
Hiking3.30 Miles
513 ft AEG
 
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This was supposed to be a trip to Peak 2110, but daylight seemed to be fading fast so I turned it into a wander. Didn't know at the time, but I walked right over 1976, hence the name.

When I decided I wasn't going to make my plans, I headed up and over the nearest peaks and down to a wash that heads towards the trailhead. Lichen and granite aplenty. Payed a visit to the petroglyphs. Not long after that, I ended up at a 15-20ft waterfall, sans the water. Climbed, or scooted rather, down and took a few pictures and continued through the wash.

Loving these White Tank trips. Seeing the larger peaks I've been scoping out on Google Earth in person stirred up anticipation.
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