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Apr 05 2014
John9L
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Mohon PeakNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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John9L
Hiking12.42 Miles 3,486 AEG
Hiking12.42 Miles
3,486 ft AEG
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I first heard of Mohon Peak roughly a week ago. Chumley discovered it and thought it could be fun. Lee was interested and the three of us were on our way Friday night. We drove up and followed the access roads just about all the way to the trailhead. The roads deteriorated the farther back we got. It was rough in places but Lee did a solid job driving and I thank him for that. :)

We started our hike on Saturday morning after tearing down camp and driving the last two miles to the "trailhead". Our hike started cross country as we headed for the peak. About a half mile in we had to navigate over or under a barb wire fence. Once past the fence Blanco discovered a pack of javelina. They ran for their lives! :sweat: We all laughed and continued. Soon after we reached a road and followed that for the next few miles.

After passing a cow tank we went off trail and followed a ridge to towards the summit. The going was relatively easy. Along the way we found a variety of cow trails that led straight up. These "trails" made for fast travel as there was a steady gain of elevation. The trails disappear near the summit but it's not an issue as you wind your way through a variety of foliage that is a pain. Soon after we found ourselves on the summit.

The summit had some old relics on top. You'll have to see the pics to get an idea on what this stuff was. I didn't care much. I was hoping to find an old register with a handful of names. We found one but it was only a couple of years old. There were two separate entries from May 2012 and that was it. I added our names to the log and we headed down soon after.

The return was most uneventful. We flew down as we followed a cow trail that led us directly to the cow tank. Along the way a bull was stalking us. Blanco didn't like this too much and eventually chased the bull away. They easily ran for a mile (toward the trailhead) and I thought we'd never see Blanco again. After several minutes and hiking a good mile I spotted Blanco coming back to us. We were all relieved. From there we made our way back to the vehicle and headed out. Our next destination was Hualapai Peak.

This was a fun hike but I would never hike it again. The views are solid and we didn't see a soul. I really wish the register went back a decade or two.
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Apr 05 2014
chumley
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Mohon PeakNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 05 2014
chumley
Hiking12.42 Miles 3,486 AEG
Hiking12.42 Miles   6 Hrs   12 Mns   2.63 mph
3,486 ft AEG   1 Hour   29 Mns Break
 
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This wasn't really on my radar until a month or so ago, when two different hazzers told me about it. Apparently the challenge is getting close to it, rather than actually summiting it. So I did my research and found what I thought was a likely route.

We made it farther than I planned to go in the dark, knowing the road gets sketchy, but nonetheless, it was too sketchy to make it the whole way. So we randomly camped on the road, and finished the drive with daylight the next morning.

The hike is straightforward, and relatively easy. This is ranching country, and there are plenty of cattle around. There is a cattle-track that leads almost all the way to the summit. It is so well traveled, I can honestly say that I have seen official forest service trails that are not in as good condition, nor as easy to follow as this!

Still, there are a lot of miles and elevation gained, and it takes a while to get to the summit. Once there, we were disappointed that the only register was placed only two years ago, with only one group signed in.

The sunny morning had become increasingly cloudy, with scattered showers visible in the distance. The wind picked up, and it actually got cold for a while as we began the descent. The trip down was quick and uneventful, until Blanco decided to get a little extra exercise ;).

Back at the truck we relaxed a few minutes before embarking on the 90 minute drive back to highway 93 (25 miles). Once the first 30 minutes of miserable road is over, the next hour is smooth sailing. For the record, the last 4 miles are awful, but not as bad as White Box/Hanging Gardens (for reference). The first 15 miles are a piece of cake. The middle 5 reasonably good.

Not the most scenic or exciting mountain I've ever climbed. But there's something cool about it's remoteness. There's nothing out there but cows and views.

Great day with good peeps and pups.

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I think you could take a jet ski out on this one!

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