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Peak 3042 - Mormon Flat Dam Quad - 2 members in 3 triplogs have rated this an average 4.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jan 19 2019

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 Joined Aug 16 2009
Salt River Canyon View from Peak 3042Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2019
Hiking7.02 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking7.02 Miles   5 Hrs      1.68 mph
2,100 ft AEG      50 Mns Break
1st trip
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Really enjoyed this hike in a new area for us. I loaded the GPS route @adilling had posted last year expecting a lot of route finding however there is a pretty good use trail most of the way, fading out in only a couple spots. Saw one white-tail deer on our way to the peak. The views on top of 3042 were enjoyed while we ate our lunch. The drainage used to drop down to the canyon floor was a little overgrown at the top but eased up the lower we got. In the canyon on our way to the Double Arches we ran into Mike ( @te_wa ), Lisa ( @pickles ), and their daughter, whom we also chatted with back at the parking. The Double Arches were really niceto see up close, and easy to climb up to. Took a few pictures and then made our way back to the truck. This is a great area :y:
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Jan 13 2018

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58 male
 Joined Dec 02 2014
 Mesa, AZ
Salt River Canyon View from Peak 3042Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 13 2018
Hiking7.84 Miles 2,194 AEG
Hiking7.84 Miles
2,194 ft AEG
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We did a hybrid hike yesterday up to Peak 3042 and then down into Crucifix Canyon. We took the route up to the saddle via the Pickaxe Canyon Trail and then veered off and started following the route from Joe to the top of Peak 3042, then on the way down we followed CannondaleKid’s route down into Crucifix Canyon.

My goal was to get to the top of 3042 and then climb up to the double arch in Crucifix Canyon on the way back. Mission accomplished!

I was in this area with outdoor_lover in December and had quite the off trail adventure. This time around it was still an off trail bushwhack, but I learned some good lessons from the first trip in here.

We bypassed Black Cross Butte by skirting the butte to the saddle following the Pickaxe Canyon Trail. This was the only “trail” we had for most of the day. The rest was mostly off trail, with the occasional trail/game trail tossed in. This was an easy climb to the saddle.

The approach to 3042 was a little up and down but I have been there before, so we made good time. When we got the little saddle below 3042, we took a look at the drainage that CannondaleKid used, but opted for the less nasty side approach from Joe’s track. The climb up was nice and the little “Castle Rock” formation at the base was really cool. The rock was really loose and dangerous to climb, so we admired it for a few and then made the final assault to the top.

The views up on 3042 were really amazing. Four Peaks, the river, the canyons – all incredible. The light was harsh and there were no clouds to be seen, but it was still stunning. The wind on top was pretty strong as well.

We headed back down to find the drainage that CannondaleKid used to access the canyon below. That was a little hairy, but very manageable. Much better than the cliffs and rock climbing outdoor_lover and I had to navigate from my earlier trip.

We made it into the canyon, had a little snack and rest and then went looking for the arches. The climb up was not as bad as it looked. There is not really a trail, but there are lines in the landscape you follow along.

The arches were awesome! I have had these guys on my list for a while. It was great to finally get up and see them. The sun was playing a bit with the pictures, but I was able to get some nice pictures of these cool formations.

Down we went and back to the trailhead. The path up to the parking area for this hike is marked by a cairn right before the canyon turns south. The trail was sorta marked and sorta visible. We managed to make it up and back to the parking area.

An excellent off trail adventure. I really like this area. I think next time I will try the Pickaxe Canyon Loop. That one looks cool too!
"Hiking is just walking where it’s okay to pee." –Demetri Martin

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71 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Peak 3042 - Mormon Flat Dam QuadPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 05 2014
Hiking8.40 Miles 2,743 AEG
Hiking8.40 Miles   7 Hrs   41 Mns   1.17 mph
2,743 ft AEG      30 Mns Break27 LBS Pack
1st trip
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On my Peak 3042 recon four days earlier I felt a route along the floor of the canyon from Forest Road 80 could very well be the best option. So I pored over the topo & satellite maps a bit more, planned a route with 3 options of where to ascend from the wash, of which it just so happened the least likely was closest to the trailhead and the best option was the farthest. With the route planned, I headed out the next chance I got.

Rather than start at the SRP gate on FR80, I drove down into the 'bowl' just below the road and parked next to a fire ring. From there I set out along a road of sorts for a few hundred feet to its end, then continuing along a faint trail, more like a game trail than anything else. But it was heading the direction I wanted to go so I followed it until it faded out while crossing the wash. From a hike I did 3 miles downstream 4 years ago I remembered there was a series of drops at the first corner of the wash. To avoid them I climbed to the right to a small saddle then descended a loose gravel slope back to the wash.

From there I continued along the canyon floor, rock and boulder-hopping most of the way, with some sections where I took shortcuts around corners through the few flat areas. Sometimes it wasn't worth the effort because the burrs and cats-claw were ready to crab hold of me. The burrs would be my nemesis any time I went through brushy areas.

I passed by my first, but least likely ascent route option, which may have been nice game trails higher up, the lower slope was bad news so I continued. The second option provided a few possibilities but would entail lots of back and forth, so again I continued on. But the moment I laid eyes on ascent option #3 I knew it was the best option by far. Besides, it was very close to being on a straight line the wash to Peak 3042.

So, at 1.3 miles from the TH I turned right, following a relatively wide drainage about 500' up to the ridge/saddle. Wow! The views in all directions were great, yet I sensed it was just a hint of what was to come.

With a hill immediately ahead blocking view of my planned route, I wasn't sure whether to follow the route I mapped out by satellite view or not, so took a slight detour to climb the hill for a better look. It was another nice view but I was more interested in the fact it re-affirmed my route choice. I dropped back down and curved back onto my original route, which just happened to parallel some game trails so I followed them to the next ridge, where again I ascended a smaller hill for another gander at the terrain ahead. Again I found my original route had nailed it pretty well so I decided to stop second-guessing myself and just follow the planned route, which I did until the next point where I had mapped two routes to the summit.

The first was straight up a drainage, one that satellite view didn't give me much hope, or the second option, which would have added close to a mile to the round-trip. Always seeking the shortest route, I chose the drainage. It began quite steep but after that it was just a matter of winding back and forth up and around the obstacles and it was a piece-of-cake!

Now up on the wide mesa I simply set my GPS to point the way to the summit and set off up the slope. I took a route between a prickly pear thicket on the left and a cholla forest on the right. I found it easier to go through the cholla as I didn't have to wind around as much as thorough the prickly pear. A relatively easy 300' ascent and I was up top.

I took the usual summit pan photos and videos with both my Olympus & GoPro (which I had used to film the final ascent as well), and settled in for my PB&J lunch. After the short break I wandered around the summit taking a number of photos near the edges of the flat summit. I thought of taking a lot more time wandering around some of the lower slopes, but having accomplished reaching the goal easier than expected, after I mulled over a few thoughts I decided to head back. My decision was made due to three things:
1. I'll return again soon for a more thorough look
2. I wanted to scout out a route to Black Cross Butte
3. I wanted to check out some debris I saw in the wash below where I was at 4 days earlier.

So I headed back on the same route until I hit the canyon floor 1.3 miles from the TH, where I turned the other direction. Unfortunately I didn't have the waypoint to the large piece of tinted glass or plexiglass, but figuring it was about a half-mile along the dry creek bed that seemed to be easy enough. But of course, that distance was a direct line and after a mile along the meandering creek I found I wasn't even halfway there so I turned back. But this added side trip meant I added two miles and almost two hours to the hike, and for the first time in a LONG time, I ran out of water just under 2 miles from the TH and it was getting a bit toasty.

Ok, now I'm just taking it easy, and stopping under every boulder that provided shade and a slight breeze, yet realizing the longer it took to get back the more dehydrated I'd be. So I tried to keep moving. With just a half-mile to the end my legs started to cramp bad just when I had to climb a steep slope to avoid the 40' dry fall. To finish the climb I had to pull myself up with my arms using my hiking poles. Once over that obstacle I had to focus on every step just to keep from stumbling on the rough and rocky creek bed.

It felt great to reach the Jeep... the ordeal was over, I popped open the cooler, downed a good 32 oz my mix and filling two 16 oz bottles to drink from on the drive home. Good thing, because from Tortilla Flat it was the slowest I'd EVER driven back down Apache Trail due to someone in an SUV driving 10-20 MPH ALL the way down to to Needle Vista on 88, where he proceeded to take off like a shot, well over the limit... I think he was just messing with all of us following in line behind.

But no matter, the views on the hike were awesome and made it all worthwhile, and I will be heading back soon, only with either enough fluids for an ALL-DAY hike, or stick to closer to my plan, which had been about 3 miles and 2 hours shorter. (I had enough fluid for that!)

I posted 50 photos on HAZ, the full set of 82 is on my site as usual.

Peak 3042 summit panorama video:
average hiking speed 1.43 mph

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