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Plain View Peak 10370 - 4 members in 4 triplogs have rated this an average 3.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Sep 04 2022
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49 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
High Peak Road #507Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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chumleyTriplogs 1,703
Hiking9.95 Miles 1,665 AEG
Hiking9.95 Miles   4 Hrs   24 Mns   2.54 mph
1,665 ft AEG      29 Mns Break
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After yesterday's great hike on the west side of the range, we decided to take the more leisurely road hike today. The weather was the real treat as once again clouds enveloped the top of the range for most of the morning and our views were accentuated by the drama.

Last time I was here there were thousands of newly planted trees, none of which appear to have survived. It seems a large effort was put into helping reforest the summit area but it looks to have largely failed.

Apparently the bears don't head up into the exposed grassy highlands because the raspberry bushes were plentiful and full of fruit, making for a delicious and ongoing snack all day.
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50 male
 Joined Dec 30 2005
 Tucson, AZ
Plain View Peak 10370Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Mike_WTriplogs 162
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I hiked to this peak on the way down from Mt Graham. It involved a short but easy bushwhack from the Mt Graham road.

There were so many burned and downed trees on this peak, but it was still a beautiful place.
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Jul 06 2019
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49 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
High Peak Road #507Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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chumleyTriplogs 1,703
Hiking9.97 Miles 1,636 AEG
Hiking9.97 Miles   3 Hrs   27 Mns   3.01 mph
1,636 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
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I parked below the gate on High Peak Road, but around the corner and out of sight from the paved road. This road is in good condition and hiking was quick and easy. About a mile and a half up there's an old road closed sign and from this point on, even administrative use seems to be minimal. I even encountered several downed trees that had not been cleared this spring, unlike the trees in the first 1.5 miles.

After an unburned beginning, most of the remainder of the road is through severe burn. Thickets of aspen have begun to grow again, but there are still many areas of charred soil and no regrowth. This would not be a wise place to be during an electrical storm. Eventually you gain a view of Hawk, but Plain View blocks the true summit. The final climb makes an annoying corkscrew around the peak, but affords excellent views down into the Gila River Valley before you have to endure the mess of downed trees and boulders on the peak while searching for the high point.

I found a single reference mark, but not a second one, nor the benchmark. There were a couple of cairns marking the summit but I found no register.

Skipping the corkscrew road, I took a more direct line back down, observing the many new fir seedlings that had been recently planted. Half appeared to have died already. Hopefully the others are able to take hold. The "soil" here is much more sand than soil, perhaps a result of the burn, or just no vegetation to help hold moisture.

I took a side trip to Plain View Peak (unique! :) ) where I spooked a deer feeding on some new grass. From there, it was quick work back to the truck. I ventured a bit down the Big Creek Trail, which is in a severe burn area. The tread is still mostly visible, but the erosion and deadfall is pretty severe. I saw no sign of the connector trail but didn't put much effort into finding it either. That one might be maintained in the future?

It was nice to cross this one off the list. All 15 done now.
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May 07 2016
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 Joined Mar 18 2017
 Dallas, TX
Mount Graham 10,720Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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zlewisTriplogs 11
Hiking10.40 Miles 1,982 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles   4 Hrs   52 Mns   2.14 mph
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Plain View Peak > Mt. Graham > Hawk Peak on first hike/climb of day. Nice view of observatory, many dead trees.
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