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Aug 26 2017
wallyfrack
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59 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Pinyon Mtn 5268 via Two Bar Ridge Tr 119 NorthGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 26 2017
wallyfrack
Hiking12.00 Miles 2,886 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles   5 Hrs   1 Min   2.39 mph
2,886 ft AEG
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The hike started from the Tule Trailhead. I hiked the forest roads and some off-trail in between. The morning was nice (75 degrees) with clouds and a breeze. I saw a mule deer, diamondback, cardinal and a few turkey vultures. The prancing mule deer was fun to watch but I was unable to get a photo. There was one other truck at the trailhead when I returned at 10:50am (95 degrees). No turtles were injured on this hike.
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 Fountain Hills,
Pinyon Mountain, AZ 
Pinyon Mountain, AZ
 
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FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking1.75 Miles 831 AEG
Hiking1.75 Miles   2 Hrs   36 Mns   1.75 mph
831 ft AEG   1 Hour   36 Mns Break
 
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Pinyon Mountain is in the northeast section of the Superstition Wilderness, and is part of a more expansive area known as Two Bar Ridge. It’s south of Roosevelt Reservoir and east of Apache Reservoir. To get to the top of Pinyon Mtn, I started out on the Two Bar Ridge Trail, which is part of the AZT system (AZT #19).

Pinyon Triangulation Station is on the peak, and so are its two reference marks. Off the high point, and down a long, narrow ridgeline is where the surveyors placed the all elusive Pinyon Azimuth Mark. I call azimuth marks ‘elusive’ because they're more difficult to locate. All four NGS disks were placed in 1946, and all four are in great shape.

This is a short hike, “if” you can drive the entire length of the FR 83 road, all the way to its end.
The Two Bar Ridge Trail TH (and parking) are at the end of FR 83. After using the Two Bar Ridge Tr for the first part of the hike, I went off trail and up to the peak. It’s a short climb, yet it still has a couple little ‘false summits’ along the way. The same sharp, jagged red rocks found on the last steep portion of the FR 83 drive, are also found all over the mountainside and atop the peak.

The ‘Pinyon Fire’ (2013) overwhelmed all of Pinyon Mountain, including over 300 acres around it.
Grasshopper and BEEBEE hiked up this mountain 10 months ago (and after that fire), and I have included a couple of Grasshopper’s photos from their 12 April 2014 hike, for ‘vegetation comparison’.
His photos display the fire’s affects on all the plant life. The fire basically wiped everything out.
My photos show a healthy regrowth of all the grasses, and the start of the return of other plant life. It appears the grasses reacted to the fire, as they do in a ‘controlled burn’, and are coming back with a vengeance. Good for the grass. The mountain looks alot healthier now.

Wind, wind, and more wind.
Once I got to the high point, the wind picked up. My guess is, it was moving at 35 to 40 mph, with a few higher gusts thrown in. All the tall grasses leaned over at a 45 degree angle, and for me to just walk around was an experience. Taking photos without jerking the camera around was a challenge also. Wow - That wind was quite a distraction.
I had planned to explore the other little peaks in the area, and make it a nice five or six mile hike, but the ‘brisk breeze’ took away my enthusiasm. Buffeting around mountainsides isn’t my idea of a fun time.

So, my day was filled with a long, very pleasant drive and a very short hike. For me, finding the azimuth mark and seeing all the new plant growth were the highlights of the day. I’ll return again soon and do the exploring I had planned for this hike, and hopefully, the wind will leave me alone.
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Apr 12 2014
BEEBEE
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 Joined Jul 27 2011
 Mesa AZ
Pinyon Mtn 5268 via Two Bar Ridge Tr 119 NorthGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 12 2014
BEEBEE
Hiking1.50 Miles 729 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles   1 Hour      1.50 mph
729 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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I was looking for SOTA peaks in areas that would interest both myself and Hank that have never been activated and this is one that I proposed to Hank. He jumped on it.

I got to see the full setup of the Transformer known as the "Grasshopper" and it did well. Hank is a 4wd pro and if you get the opportunity to ride with him it is obvious.

After navigating the road we arrived at the Two Bar Ridge North TH and headed up to the Summit. It became evident on the way up that there had been a fire there recently. I remembered hearing of a Pinyon fire in the news a few months back which was confirmed by the summit register.

Band conditions were poor on HF. I only made 25 contacts mostly with in a few hundred miles of Arizona. I did however get WA7ORV AKA "Hank" to activate his first peak with the new call. Hank did a great job and I think he enjoyed it also. The group of guys from the valley were happy to work him on 2m and 12m.

I forgot to mention the wind was blowing something fierce up on the peak and I had to get behind some rocks to be able to hear the radio. I also got to test a kit radio I built and it also performed well it only weighs 10oz so for some trips this maybe the primary unit.

After I finished my activation and we both got our pictures we headed back down and I got to enjoy some more of Hanks 4wd skills on the way back to the highway.

It was a fun day thanks Hank!
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Apr 12 2014
Grasshopper
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 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Pinyon Mtn 5268 via Two Bar Ridge Tr 119 NorthGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 12 2014
Grasshopper
Hiking1.50 Miles 729 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.20 mph
729 ft AEG   2 Hrs   15 Mns Break
 
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The last time I hiked in this far NE section of our Superstition Wilderness was January 5, 2008, with an Arizona Outdoor Travel Club (AOTC) group of eight we hiked a 14.25 mile "Tule Loop" option.

Now with Brian's more active involvement in the local and international Amateur Radio- "Summits on the Air Club" (SOTA), he has an ongoing list with an endless number of Arizona hike summits, some of which are also of interest to me in joining him for hiking purposes. When he mentioned wanting to schedule this Pinyon Mountain 5268 BM summit, I was interested in again visiting this north Two Bar Ridge Tr #119 area and recalled my past Jan'08 hike where we needed to hike a number of miles on rough, rocky, rutted 4WD-high clearance FR83 in order to complete our planned loop hike back to the Tule TH.

Joining Brian this day for the enjoyable and very first SOTA points activation of Pinyon Mtn 5268 BM I thought would also allow me an opportunity to 4WD exercise my modified "Grasshopper" Jeep which was overdue. As it turned out, we had a pleasant and short off-trail "out and back" hike to summit and SOTA activate the peak, but due to a fairly recent 300+ acre wildfire in early Sept'13- :next: http://hikearizona.com/photo=409822 , upper FR83 was not as rugged a 4WD road as I had expected it to be (we concluded that back in early Sept'13 maybe the F/S had needed to bulldoze/grade the upper rough sections in order to allow for access of fire fighting equipment and resources). Note: A stock 4WD-high clearance vehicle with quality light truck (LT) tires is still required to safely drive (in/out) this upper FR83 section.

Aside from my driving to the FR83 upper end today which allowed for more quality time for Brian to do his needed SOTA contact work, driving my "Grasshopper" also allowed me the opportunity to go through the 4WD off-roader motions of airing down my tires and disconnecting my front anti-sway bars for added off road capabilities when needed. As it turned out I really did not need to do all this for the FR83 drive, but it allowed me the opportunity to go through the motions which I had not experienced and exercised in quite a while. It's all still working which is good :)
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