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Feb 23 2017
kingsnake
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57 male
 Joined Dec 20 2010
 Sunnyslope, PHX
Alamo Lake BM LoopSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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kingsnake
Hiking11.48 Miles 1,837 AEG
Hiking11.48 Miles   5 Hrs   12 Mns   2.21 mph
1,837 ft AEG
 
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It was cold as the dickens, so I wore the sweater I bought in Bouse six weeks ago, and which I now keep in our SUV’s “emergency box”. (Which contains survival stuff in case we stuck somwhere.)

I ignored the road named after a crappy 90’s hair band, instead heading north across the dam.

Alamo Lake is only down 25 ft., but due to being located in a flat bowl, that means it is only at 9% capacity. I found seashells and even an old fishing bob a quarter mile from shore, along the high water line.

Two weeks ago, I skipped my planned hike up Casner Canyon, because of my bad shoulder, settling instead for hiking Walkin’ Jim Trail. Last week, because of the upcoming weekend deluge, my big “hike” was walking home from the physical therapist’s office. But the PT is working: I have more flexibility and experienced no discomfort while bouldering in "Boulder" Canyon.

On top of Williams Benchmark, I relaxed in the stone "easy chair", enjoying Nature’s big screen: great 360° views of Alamo Lake, the Harcuvar Mountains, the Poachie Range, Artillery Peak*, the extensive mining activity of Maggie Wash, the Rawhide Mountains, and the Bill Williams National Wildlife Refuge. I heard burro calls all around Williams Benchmark, spotting a loner on a spur.

* I was surprised to find no Haz triplogs for Artillery Peak!

The summit log is in a glass jar. Four years ago, it was so dry it crumbled as I pulled the paper out. Today, it was soaking wet and getting moldy. I did not bother signing. No idea if anyone has been up there since February 22, 2013. Certainly no one from HAZ. Back then, I was the first person to sign it in nine years!

On the way back, I spotted a herd of 6-8 burros. I thought about climbing up a bit to get a decent photo, but by that time I was ready for my hike to end, so I settled instead for making some really bad burro calls.

Hike Video: [ youtube video ]
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Harcuvar Mountains
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Lots of Mexican Gold Poppies in scattered small to medium sized patches. Some lupine on road between Bill Williams Overlook and Alamo Dam. Very few other flowers, all very tiny.
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Feb 22 2013
kingsnake
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Alamo Lake BM LoopSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 22 2013
kingsnake
Hiking10.70 Miles 2,236 AEG
Hiking10.70 Miles   4 Hrs   36 Mns   2.33 mph
2,236 ft AEG
 
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Time constraints prevented me from hiking the benchmarks out to (gravel) Alamo Rd a few weeks ago. In reviewing the topo, I noticed there was a BM a few miles northwest named "Williams 2038", so I turned the out-and-back into a loop to include it. Glad I did. When I took a break at BM 1198, I was already getting tired, but I figured I would at least press on into the canyon west of BM 1198, and if I was too tired, skip the summit and cut over a saddle to the highway wash.

I had no idea the canyon would be as boulder choked as it was. I wish I could have taken more pictures in what I refer to as "Boulder Canyon", but I was running low on camera battery. The 1.5 mile stretch midway between BM 1198 and the ascent up the north ridgeline is Ford Canyon-like bouldering. In just about every case, you can find a way around the room sized boulders, and in others there may be a bit of climbing. By the time I got to the foot of Williams 2038, I was feeling somewhat re-invigorated, as Boulder Canyon had begun opening up. A look at my topo -- I always carry paper to back up my GPS -- told me that I would only save 200-300 feet by crossing the saddle, so up to the summit I went. Took me several tools on the Leatherman to pry open the rusted shut summit log. It was written on a musical score, and was so brittle pieces flaked off as I signed it. It had been nine years since the last logged summit. Wow, and for such a cool hike, that even Bob Martin and Bob Packard had done it! :D

I had set out about 0900, and had told my wife I would not be back before 1300, which she interpreted as "will be back by 1300". When I finally showed up about 1530, she said she would have called out the cavalry if I was had not returned in the next 30 minutes. :o

The ranger store unfortunately does not stock beer :roll: so I settled for chugging a couple of large V8s on the drive back to Wenden. Turned out they really hit the post-hike spot. (Probably because they are so high in sodium.) May have to take a few with me on future hikes. :-k

Not sure how to change the "Water Reports" section, as it does not allow free form entry. Anyway, there is no water on this hike. HOWEVER ... beware that being in a canyon into which room-size boulders have washed, flooding is obviously a concern, or attraction as the case might be.
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Alamo Lake Artillery Peak
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