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Jul 31 2014
kingsnake
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59 male
 Joined Dec 20 2010
 Sunnyslope, PHX
Walkin' Jim Loop TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 31 2014
kingsnake
Hiking6.44 Miles 733 AEG
Hiking6.44 Miles   2 Hrs   35 Mns   2.49 mph
733 ft AEG
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Have a special HOA meeting tonight at six -- I am on the board -- so did not want to be dragging back into town late afternoon, with no time to unwind, stop sweating (essential before showering), shower, and get my mind straight on the issues. So, decided to do Antelope Peak (more of a mesa) on the east side of Yarnell.

Unlike black toes ( http://hikearizona.com/photoset=27281 ), I figured I would start at the water tank, as there is a jeep trail at least part of the way up. Unfortunately, it is posted "No trespassing". So, I drove down the road a block or two to where black toes started his hike. It too is posted "No trespassing". Bummer. I'll cross a fence, figuring the fence is to keep animals out/in, but if it is posted, it would just not be neighborly to do so. Plus, the DPS cop shop is one building away from the tank. :stop:

So, what to do? :-k I did not want to drive further up the road to Wilhoit, adding time to my day. (I've been there enough that I could have adlibbed a hike.) Vulture Peak? Nah, not long enough. So, I settled on Baldy Mountain / Francis Rogers. It would be hot, with some elevation and distance but not too long. Got on Castle Hot Springs road and could not find the jeep trail you are supposed to turn down to the TH. Walkin' Jim it is, then.

It was 94 when I started at 7:50, and humid (though not too bad), with 100% cloud cover and absolutely no breeze whatsoever. :sweat: But I was d***ed if I wasn't going to get my miles. Got to Little Jim in good time -- 3.0 mph avg -- and considered: Is it hot enough that I should take that short cut back, or should I press on? I decided to continue, as I did not want to wuss out too much. About then, at 10:00, the sun started coming out and a very welcome slight breeze began. It was kinda 50/50: Yeah there was breeze, but there was also more sun. :|

I have never seen so many cairns as on Walkin' Jim, particularly the northern half of the loop. :-s I thought ~30 in three miles on Trail #245 was a lot, but in the one quarter mile I counted, by the first gate, there were 21. 21! :o And I did not count piles that looked like knocked over cairns. Some were so close that the natural variation in the GPS could make the first appear past the second. :roll: I don't recall it being that way on my previous trips. And, unlike Trail #245, they did not look ironically placed.

I got to the first open area, just past the flourescent rocks, and considered again. I was at the point that it would be about seven miles, and it was already over 100 and heading north. So, rather than do the full loop, I started back on the southern section.

By the time I was .75 miles from the TH, I was not enjoying the prospect of climbing over the last small ridge, so I dropped into the wash. There was actually a small puddle there. Just past the puddle was a very desicated horse corpse. A few hundred yards on were two wild horses, a brown one in decent shape and a white one that was not looking good. :( They were friendly enough. Despite sweating buckets, and peeing dark gold, I tried offering the skinny one some water, by pouring it near his nose, hoping he would tilt his head up and get some drops. No go. So, I poured it on a rock I hoped would hold it long enough he could get a sip or two. I also broke up and scattered about two energy bars and some cheesy crackers. Skinny white horse did not seem too interested, but the brown guy had a few bites.

When I got back to the TH it was 107. :sweat: :sweat: :sweat: Definitely the hottest I have ever hiked, but I made it without heat stroking, so I do feel like I accomplished something besides weight loss. :D

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Sorry for blabbing on. The triplog is waaaay longer than the hike ...
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Oct 26 2013
black_toes
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 Phoenix, AZ
Antelope Peak - YarnellPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 26 2013
black_toes
Hiking2.57 Miles 1,121 AEG
Hiking2.57 Miles   4 Hrs   29 Mns   1.04 mph
1,121 ft AEG   2 Hrs   1 Min Break
 
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Bushwhacked all the way. Very rocky and filled with waist-high chaparral. Beautiful landscape though. Had to circumvent large patches of scrub oak and rock outcroppings on Antelope's west side to get up to the ridge. Worst obstacle was the barbwire fence. Took about 15 minutes to find a place to crawl under it. Wires too tight to spread. From the ridge, I headed up a steady incline to the top.

View from the 5,763' summit was magnificent. Looked down on the stone ruins atop Rich Hill and the ghost town of Stanton. Light breeze blowing up here on the rocky cliff face. Very sudden drop-off, hundreds of feet if not a thousand or so. Saw no trail, no human all day. No sound except for my feet stumbling over rock and the "caw" of a crow in a tree. Saw some round pellets, rabbit scat I assumed. Walked along the ledge east to west. Very flat. GPS measured a variance of only six feet. Scattered juniper and cedar. Did see one pinyon pine and of course lots of chaparral.

As I walked back away from the ledge, I came across an old campsite. Someone had built a lean-to up against a large alligator juniper. Nicely-cut poles layed against the tree and the remains of a blue tarp were scattered at the base. I figured someone had made a home here in the last 5-10 years. A rock cairn was not far away, to the west maybe 100 yards, atop a boulder.

Foolishly took another way down. I tried to short-cut Antelope's west side, and ran into numerous old rock slides. Tried to cross them carefully but fell hard once. Luckly caught my self without pitching head first into serious injury. Should've taken a more northerly route from the top and avoided this area.

Also made the mistake of by-passing my route up. I came down on the west side of a deep ravine and found the going not only steeper but rockier. And, again, the barbwire fence. Finally reached the car about 3 o'clock. As difficult as it was, I'd eagerly make this trek again. Maybe next time in wildflower season.
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