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May 10 2016
The_Dude
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41 male
 Joined Jun 10 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Sacaton Plus, AZ 
Sacaton Plus, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 10 2016
The_Dude
Hiking5.10 Miles 1,989 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   2.27 mph
1,989 ft AEG      10 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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1st trip
Hit up Sacaton Peak on the way home, good stuff. I parked at the Casa Grande North Mountain Park, crossed under the small barbed wire fence, and started my way up the drainage. Going was pretty decent, I had downloaded the track for this one but did not really need it, the way up is pretty obvious and it is just a matter of finding the path of least resistance. Managed to pick up a cholla bomb in the calf right before I met up with the tower road at the top. Made the short trip over to the summit and towers, and all the security cameras...so I am guessing this peak is on reservation land? The gnats were out in full force today, as bad as I have ever seen in the Tortolitas or McDowells even. I opted to scratch the ridgeline and just went back down the drainage, although I took a different line than the way up. There were a few eagles circling and screeching pretty much the whole time I was hiking, that was certainly at least interesting. I did manage to find a small rattler on my way back down, but he was not too interested in getting riled up. made it back to the van and headed back to town, but my hiking urge was not quite sated after this short off-trail scramble. I stopped by Lookout mountain on my way home for a little extra effort, did most of the circumference, the main summit, and a few other prominent high points complete with numerous social trails. All in all a good day! Thanks again to Chumley for your track and info on this one!
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Apr 26 2016
chumley
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46 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Sacaton Peak 2755Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 26 2016
chumley
Hiking3.25 Miles 1,291 AEG
Hiking3.25 Miles   2 Hrs   29 Mns   1.63 mph
1,291 ft AEG      29 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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North Mountain Park is really a little gem in Casa Grande. While there, I looked up at Sacaton Peak and decided it would be a fun summit.

I made a quick map plan and thought the ridge would be a good ascent. As I approached, the drainage looked better, and turned out to be perfect. Not overgrown, and a few short scrambles, but otherwise the ideal route.

Nearing the top, two vehicles drove by on the road. I continued my ascent to the peak and then cut back down to the lower area with all the towers and had a brief chat with the utility workers who were doing some maintenance. For the descent, I headed down the road a bit and then traversed a super fun ridge line to the west. This was the highlight of the mountain until the very last section where it dropped quite steeply on a slope replete with cholla. Despite my best efforts, I ended up with a cuddly teddy bear hugging my leg. ](*,)

A few minutes later I was on my way again, back to the truck with no further prickly incidents.

Normally you should get some outstanding views from up here, but yesterday's crazy wind (which didn't really die down much today) made visibility basically nil. I could barely see San Tan Mountain from the summit, 11 miles away. Newman, 25 miles away was fully obscured by dust in the air. :o

This one has been on the radar for a while. It's just such a prominent little bump in the desert that you see so clearly as you pass on I-10. High point in the Sacaton Mountains: check! :)
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Jan 29 1995
mazatzal
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61 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Sacaton Peak 2755Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 29 1995
mazatzal
Hiking3.00 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
1,100 ft AEG
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We took the jeep trail to the top. I don't think you can legally do this now. There were no signs in 1995 at least I don't remember any!
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Dec 06 1992
mazatzal
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61 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Sacaton Peak 2755Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 06 1992
mazatzal
Hiking1.00 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles
600 ft AEG
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After trying the route on Santan we came down to Sacaton to reconnoiter this one. Back in 1992, we actually drove part way up to the summit and started to hike but ended up giving up as it was almost dark.
On the way back we saw lots of Grateful Dead fans and Compton Terrace getting ready for them later!
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average hiking speed 1.95 mph

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