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Mar 06 2016
CannondaleKid
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 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Peak 2939 via Battle Axe RdGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 06 2016
CannondaleKid
Hiking4.20 Miles 1,148 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles   2 Hrs   26 Mns   1.79 mph
1,148 ft AEG      5 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
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trixiec
Tracey had never done this hike and it was over three years ago for my one-and-only so figured it was about time for a rerun. But feeling just a twinge from my foot after yesterday's hike along the Gila River we decided to take the less-steep route.

Unfortunately if I had only remembered this hike better (should have looked at my November 2012 photos before the hike) I would have done the whole thing again.
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Still, it had plenty of great scenery of The Spine and Battle Axe in particular so it was quite enjoyable.

Along an ancient and long-unused (for mine use anyway) road I was a bit surprised by how much evidence there was of recent rock-crawling activity. More than a few boulders rose 5-6 feet above the wash yet the crawlers had gone right over.

On the return leg we dropped down into the wash below the north end of The Spine before and continuing back around to the Jeep. As we began the drive out we hadn't gone a few hundred yards before spotting a Gila Monster in the wash so of course we had to jump out for photos and video.

I hadn't done much video with my GoPro in some time so thought I'd shoot a video of the trip from the wash up Walnut Canyon Road south of Battle Axe Butte.

Two videos:
00:38 - Gila Monster in the wash (3rd sighting for us this year)
25:34 - Four-Wheeling up Walnut Canyon Road (in-the-shadow of Battle Axe)
Fauna
Fauna
Gila Monster
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Nov 22 2011
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 Mesa, AZ
Peak 2939 via Battle Axe RdGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 22 2011
CannondaleKid
Hiking4.50 Miles 1,557 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   4 Hrs   26 Mns   1.48 mph
1,557 ft AEG   1 Hour   24 Mns Break27 LBS Pack
 
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Having done a number of 4x4 recon trips 2/3 the way around Peak 2939 it had already caught my eye and I wondered where the best (easiest) approach would be started from. Then with the great view we had when Tracey and I were hiking The Spine last week it looked very doable from the eastern side. That's all it took and I made plans to conquer it. Never did I think I'd be climbing it so soon, but by hiking it solo I didn't have to wait long.

For me now, this is probably the tenth time driving out Battle Axe Rd so it wasn't long before I was turning off onto Walnut Canyon Rd. With two trips down and two trips up the road again it wasn't long and I was cruising in the last wash to the TH. I was about to say it went smoothly, but that would be far from the truth... the trip down will definitely rattle your cage.

At the point I've designated as the trail head I turned out of the wash and drove up the ancient road, literally through a tree until I reached the end-of-the-road. Maybe rock-crawlers would be able to venture on, but as capable as My Sammy is now I wasn't about to push it. Besides I was here for the hike, not rock-crawling.

With a quick check of my gear, strapping my Hero HD video camera to my forehead and turning it on I was on-the-trail, if you could call it that. I filmed the first hour of my climb (just up to the cave area) in 15 minute segments and hope to post them on YouTube soon. Within 600' of the start (more like .4 mile if you start in the wash) I climbed an embankment to the left and began the climb in earnest. It wasn't long before I came upon and almost stepped on a Tarantula. In my attempt to make sure I got it on video the two still photos I took with my other camera didn't come out well so neither was posted. I guessed that was possibly the case, but again, I'm not out here for Tarantulas so I continued on.

Although I had mapped out a route based on topo maps as well as views from The Spine last week, it still demanded plenty of thought to choose the route once on-the-ground. But with careful attention to the terrain and how it fell away I felt confident in my route. Once I caught a glimpse of the large cave I changed my tack slightly to make sure I got a chance to check it out. In the end the cave had little of interest but by going that far I saw what appeared to be a shorter albeit steeper route to the peak. It wasn't, just a tall cave, but it was a great place for my first break with an awesome view of The Spine. Too bad my camera couldn't capture anything near what the eye could see, but at least I made the attempt.

Leaving the cave I headed NE along the base of the cliff wall until I could wind around to the other side of the narrow but tall ridge line and head up toward the peak. On the way up to the peak I climbed up at three spots to take photos to the east from 100' above where I had been 15 minutes earlier. The last short jaunt up toward the peak seemed anti-climactic as the 'peak' was simply a large flat area. A few photos and I continued on heading toward to the western-most outcrop. I couldn't reach the farthest point SW without the extra time to climb carefully down 30' and back up a steeper section, only to have to return the same way so I took some photos and moved on. From there I headed northward making an easy curve through a cholla forest toward the farthest NW point of the mountain. As I approached that point I realized it wasn't a place I'd reach on this day. Being solo it wasn't something I wanted to tackle, but with a revised route plan and having another hiker along I'll be back for another attempt. But no matter, even from here the view of Battle Axe was something to behold. From this vantage point I gazed intently on Battle Axe in hopes of finding a reasonable approach toward it's summit. I'm sure the summit is well past my capability, but it would be fun seeing how far I could go before the fear of heights took hold.

From that point it was a matter of wandering around the mountain seeking out different viewpoints in the attempt to capture even a hint of the awesome views to share with others. And possibly entice more people to check it out first-hand.

I'll break off from the rest of the details here because I found out later I had crossed through posted private land, and thus will not share what I wasn't supposed to see. Suffice to say I came upon a dead bull bloated almost to the point of bursting and with a river of maggots flowing out of its head. Whew! The SMELL! Oh but don't worry, although I will post a video at some point, luckily you won't catch a whiff of the retching smell I experienced filming it.

Finally back to the Samurai I just took enough time to stick the Hero HD to the windshield to video the worst part of the climb up Walnut Canyon Rd and set off for home. Being the 6th time traversing this road in one direction or the other I was able to avoid the worst washouts and make pretty good time... only an hour and 7 minutes to drive the 9 miles from the TH out to the Battle Axe/SR 177 intersection followed by an exactly equal amount of time to travel the 53 miles back home. Running premium fuel elicited no complaints from Sammy being pushed to average 75 mph from Gonzalez Pass to Gold Canyon with only 65-70 HP fighting against the wind with a straight-up flat brick of a windshield that creates every ounce of drag it possibly can along with the big off-road tires howling away. After the rest of the drive one can actually say the ride is smooth at that speed. All in all, My Sammy is quite capable on or well off-road.
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Peak 2939 via Battle Axe RdGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2003
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Hiking3.50 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles
1,000 ft AEG
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