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Jan 19 2014
chumley
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47 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Red Picacho and White Picacho LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2014
chumley
Hiking4.49 Miles 2,249 AEG
Hiking4.49 Miles   4 Hrs   49 Mns   1.68 mph
2,249 ft AEG   2 Hrs   9 Mns Break
 
Partners 8 partners
ASUAviator
Barrett
BobP
clairebear
desert_boonie
JuanJaimeiii
juliachaos
sbkelley
Bob and Patrick and I had some unfinished business on Red, but unfortunately Patrick wasn't able to make it. I decided to make it social and invited a few others who had previously expressed interest in bagging these peaks. After a quick cuddle with one of the lame SSOs this morning, we piled into my truck and headed north.

In celebration of an anniversary just a few days away, we decided to bring a bunch of beer. AZWilderness style. :DANCE:

Ken let us figure out the way up, without guidance. Bob led the way on the one overhung climb and managed it ok, but didn't want to go down. JJ went up the crazy way, and also didn't want to go down. I explored two other routes, before settling on the one that Scott led and made it seem ok. The rest of the group followed, and we all descended the same route. After us, the previous catclaw obstacle has been obliterated. :)

We took a long break on the peak, enjoyed some Big Gye Rye and some Signal Mtn Stout because the symbolic red was no longer on tap when I filled the growlers. I left a complaint with the owner. :(

We traversed across to White, had another break there, and headed down to the dirtbike track that makes for an easy ride back to the mine, where of course, we took another break and listened to a little football on the radio thing.

Good to meet Ken and see the rest again. A great day out in the Hieroglyphics.

Short video here. BobP and JJ on the violins. http://youtu.be/DClIzK9l0qo
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Jan 19 2014
Barrett
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 Guides 14
 Routes 9
 Photos 1,311
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56 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Red and White Picacho Loop, AZ 
Red and White Picacho Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2014
Barrett
Hiking4.49 Miles 2,249 AEG
Hiking4.49 Miles   4 Hrs   49 Mns   1.68 mph
2,249 ft AEG   2 Hrs   9 Mns Break
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Partners 8 partners
ASUAviator
BobP
chumley
clairebear
desert_boonie
JuanJaimeiii
juliachaos
sbkelley
The Police had us almost completely surrounded as Bob hopped in and we made them look like they were standing still. The "Funky Groove" playlist was our soundtrack as we cruised down the Carefree Highway until Bob requested something harder as Red approached. I switched to "Jam" and managed to get him to turn down the volume out of concern for the ranch on Castle Hot Springs Road (although I did see a few head bops first). We would have been on time, but a couple of iffy looking hitch hikers caused a short delay. Fortunately they, and a few more strangers at the trailhead turned out to be quite friendly and shared a similar interest in cracking some nuts and we were on our way.
Some nice off trail led up to the saddle, where Bob wasted no time scaling the most southern route while we all fanned out to find the easier way Ken had found and was keeping to himself. JJ managed to summit using the middle/slot while the rest of us weighed our options. Scott was almost up the northern route when I decided some of this was looking pretty dangerous without protection, and I badgered Ken for confirmation on his route. I didn't want to spoil the unknown for anyone, but that was outweighed by my interest in seeing everyone getting home under their own power. He confirmed it was Scott's path, which I followed, finding solid rock with only one awkward section, followed by a short scramble to the summit. :y:
Todd was nice enough to bring 2 Growlers from the Arizona Wilderness Brewery, and a few ounces later I decided they may know a thing or two about beer. After summit registering and chit chat, we all made it down safely and headed over to the much easier summit of White Picacho, where Bob, always thinking of others, offered his nuts for everyone to enjoy.
We took in the views from the cool white stone peak, plotting future hikes at the ends of our fingers, until the beer ran out and there was nothing to do but head back.
Dropping to the saddle, the plan was to drop further to the dirt bike trail and follow that back. But, as with many group hikes, not everyone knew there was a "plan", and some time was spent starting with "Where's *****?", followed by waiting, wandering, yelling, and finally heading back with fingers crossed. Fortunately, we all soon found ourselves back at the Three Tacos Trailhead Afterparty, where Green Apple Licorice accompanied post-hike suds and the game on Chumley's radio.
All in all, a good day with some new faces and another red summit pin for my wall map. :D
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The past, the present, and the future walked into a bar.
It was tense.
Jan 19 2014
JuanJaimeiii
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 Routes 566
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53 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Red and White Picacho Loop, AZ 
Red and White Picacho Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2014
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking4.38 Miles 1,932 AEG
Hiking4.38 Miles   4 Hrs   37 Mns   1.78 mph
1,932 ft AEG   2 Hrs   9 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Partners 8 partners
ASUAviator
Barrett
BobP
chumley
clairebear
desert_boonie
juliachaos
sbkelley
Bob put together this gem of a hike that included the two summits of Red and White Picacho. We all met early at 8:30am and headed up to do Red first. Ken (Desert Boonie) was along and he had made it to the summit previously so that made this trip a bit more comforting. Bob climbed some crazy wall and was the first one up. The rest of us took a different route.

Views from Red are great and then it was off to do White Picacho. That one was a winner as well. This was my first time meeting Scott (sbkelly) and we managed to conjure up some cool 2014 plans.

Great hike and great company! Thanks for driving Chums! Broncos won! Killer day in my book!
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Jan 19 2014
juliachaos
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 Routes 37
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38 female
 Joined Mar 01 2010
 Phoenix, AZ
Red and White Picacho Loop, AZ 
Red and White Picacho Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2014
juliachaos
Hiking4.49 Miles 2,249 AEG
Hiking4.49 Miles   4 Hrs   49 Mns   1.68 mph
2,249 ft AEG   2 Hrs   9 Mns Break
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Partners 8 partners
ASUAviator
Barrett
BobP
chumley
clairebear
desert_boonie
JuanJaimeiii
sbkelley
Fun trip! Got up bright and early and rode up to the TH with Claire and Chums. Everyone else showed up shortly after that and we were on our way! The route basically just goes straight up from the mine, so it's a matter of just picking the right path through the brush. Having just played soccer the day before (for the first time in 14 years!), and still getting over a cold, it was a pretty rough trip for me. But, very worthwhile! Before we knew it, we were standing at the base of Red Picacho's final challenge. Bob picked an interesting route from the ridge, and JJ stemmed himself up a sketchy dihedral. I took a quick look at the route from below, and decided the route everyone else was taking might be best. It consisted of squishing yourself into a crack and pulling over a nice chock stone and a cat's claw, and then the summit was just a short walk away. We all gathered at the top and celebrated with beer and red Solo cups.

Eventually it was time to go back down. The walk over to White Picacho is nice, but riddled with dead brush and lots of pollen.. definitely an extra challenge for the lungs. Claire and I picked our ways up the fun scrambly ascent, and joined the others for more beer and pistachios. From there, we went back down the way we came and then found the old singletrack that led back to the trucks. The tailgate afterparty was the perfect dessert for a very fun hike. Great to see some of you again, and good to hike with some new people as well! Glad I got to come along for this one.

(Side note... I guess 9 was a very popular number for this hike... 1/19, 4:49 timewise, 4.49mi, 2249 feet, and 2:09 breaks!)
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Jan 19 2014
clairebear
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38 female
 Joined Oct 26 2011
 Tempe, AZ
Red and White Picacho Loop, AZ 
Red and White Picacho Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2014
clairebear
Hiking4.49 Miles 2,249 AEG
Hiking4.49 Miles   4 Hrs   49 Mns   1.68 mph
2,249 ft AEG   2 Hrs   9 Mns Break
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Partners 8 partners
ASUAviator
Barrett
BobP
chumley
desert_boonie
JuanJaimeiii
juliachaos
sbkelley
This was a fun day and super nice to meet some more people from HAZ.

I want to say THANK YOU to awesome the BEER SHERPA's who portered up some growlers of AZ Wilderness Beer at the top (Chumpley and BobP?)
~All so we could enjoy some Summit Views with some Summit Brews! lol.
Mine was, I believe the Refuge IPA, from AZ wilderness... So Tasty! The scrambly hikes up were fun too. I like mountains with a bit of climbing/ sketchy scrambling ~ Makes you work a little harder for the reward.

Awesome day overall! ^^ I'm glad I got to Carpe this Diem. ^^^
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Jan 12 2013
Barrett
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56 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Red and White Picacho's - Hieroglyphic, AZ 
Red and White Picacho's - Hieroglyphic, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 12 2013
Barrett
Hiking4.10 Miles 2,076 AEG
Hiking4.10 Miles   5 Hrs      0.82 mph
2,076 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Partners none no partners
It was still dark as I drove the Picacho Wash 4WD/High Clearance/Pinstripe shortcut from the Carefree Hwy to Castle Hot Springs road and the Red Picacho spur road (saves 9 miles and 41 minutes). Parked by the old mine and watched the sun rise to bathe Red Picacho. Took the dirtbike trail in the wash for the first few hundred yards, then left it to climb the slope toward the Red saddle. I checked out the route proposed by rlrjamy, Chumley, and Patrick L, and then another up the next large crack to the right of their route. I thought the holds were better and really thought I would be on top in a few minutes. But the combination of the frozen rock, cold wind, numb fingers, and lack of belay caused me once again to turn back from bagging my only nemesis. I had hoped the Event Post would draw interested parties, but the short notice probably didn't help much (and it is Hike Arizona, not Climb Arizona).
I knew White Picacho was just a scramble, so I headed down the saddle and through a break in the rocks to bag the easy unnamed summit between the two Picacho's. As I descended and approached White, I was startled by what I'm pretty sure was big cat urine. I don't know the difference between Bobcat and Mountain Lion, but this was no house Kitty.
With a big smile on my face I scrambled throught the break, then zigged left and right to the summit. It's a cool mountain, quite rugged on the other faces, but the cold wind made enjoying the view for any amount of time out of the question, so I headed down.
Rather than returning the way I had come, I circled to the south of the two summits between Red and White, then dropped down into the big wash where I was able to join the dirtbike trail I had used that morning. I returned to the truck, not having seen another soul all day.
After having a late lunch, I took the long way back on Castle Hot Springs road, a beautiful drive any day of the year.
With gear and a climbing partner, I'll bag Red one day - but it can wait.
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The past, the present, and the future walked into a bar.
It was tense.
Jan 01 2013
chumley
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47 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Red Picacho and White Picacho LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2013
chumley
Hiking4.01 Miles 1,740 AEG
Hiking4.01 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   2.02 mph
1,740 ft AEG      46 Mns Break
 
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PatrickL
PrestonSands
After meeting up with the New Year's HAZ group at Vulture Peak, a couple of us decided to work off the Cags and wieners by bagging a couple of nearby peaks. Bob had an eye on Red and White Picacho and I had a map, so we headed that way. Patrick left the child seats in the minivan and hitched a ride for the last stretch while Preston took care not to hurt his truck on the way to the mine.

It was fairly late in the day, but it's a short hike and we headed out, initially following some faint use trails before making our way more or less straight up. Bob opted for a route to the left of the drainage, almost immediately below the peak, while the three of us stayed right of the gulley before cutting back toward the peak on the ridge. I beat Bob up, so I'm guessing that the right side access is easier. :D

Bob and I checked out two possible ascents, both with great holds but too much distance and exposure for our comfort on this day, while Patrick explored the route at the saddle. That route is by far the shortest climb, but has the least in the way of holds. I still think that it might be the best place to ascend. I think I'll try it next time, now that I know what I'm facing.

After settling with not bagging Red Picacho, Bob and I decided to head toward White, while the Yeti and the minivan mom headed back down because there was only an hour of daylight left (or something like that).

Getting across to White was pretty easy, and there was a good route up White with just a little bit of light scrambling. I went to the saddle and through a little notch to the north side where I realized there was no peak access, so I backtracked to the south side to scramble up an easy chute to the peak. The west peak is by far the highest of the two, though it doesn't always look like that when approaching from Red.

Up top Bob and I enjoyed a celebratory beverage and signed the rarely seen peak register which was buried deep in a pile of rocks. The sun neared the horizon and cast some nice light across the surrounding mountains.

On the way down, we headed into the gulley toward the east from the first saddle below White, and then began to swing around back toward the south. It got dark and more adventurous, but eventually we found a couple of single-track dirtbike paths which made the going a whole lot faster. Check out our GPS tracks on the satellite view and you can see the tracks. They are definitely the way to go if you are heading to or from White Picacho.

A great follow-up adventure on a pretty good start to 2013!
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