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Jul 20 2019
joebartels
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51 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Westedge - Hickey Mtn - Martin - Rick Loop, AZ 
Westedge - Hickey Mtn - Martin - Rick Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 20 2019
joebartels
Hiking10.87 Miles 2,024 AEG
Hiking10.87 Miles   5 Hrs   57 Mns   2.20 mph
2,024 ft AEG   1 Hour   1 Min Break
 
1st trip
Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
Prologue
Needed to be back in the valley mid afternoon. Tolerable temps, intriguing, moderate and nearish was the goal. Two options graced my results yet lacked gripping intrigue. A little off trail adventure seemed to be the ticket. Figured if chance didn't pan out we'd be satisfied to abort with dignity. Westedge 7,619 on Hickey Mountain set the lure stage.

Hike
We utilized FR 106D passing Martin Tank to 7,619. Dandy morning temps along the high clearance road through a more scenic than anticipated forest had spirits up. FR 106D was peppered with car campers in various stages of post breakfast activity.

Westedge 7,619 - Hickey Mountain
BBF (Bruce Bitch Factor) wagered on bushwhacking to catclaw, heavier on an oven ascent later in the day. Off trail from the end of FR 106D up to the ridge of Hickey Mountain was pretty tame. Our 0.2 mi ridge adventure to 7,619 was vicious looking brush with no bite or snag. We were blessed in obviously not being pioneer explorers.

Nice 360 degree views included Humphreys and Granite Mtn. Plus new-to-us Hickey South & SE terrain.

Martin Canyon Trail #103
Hickey to Martin #103 was semi shady easy downhill travel. #103 down to #104 is one sweet forest canopy. Total bliss minus BBF boiling in the background.

Rick Tank Cutoff Trail #104
Tread is decent. Shade rest options are good. The segment void of tall pines has something to offer too.

Woodchute Trail #102
2 miles back. Most of which is a gentle descent is a strong late hike bonus utilizing clockwise on this loop. Views on this stretch are underrated. With a lite plate we checked out a tiny use trail to an unnamed pimple of a peak NW of 7,396. A very worthy 7 minutes of my life.

Synopsis
You win some, you lose some. Thankfully this gem is void of waterfalls, secrets and instalure!
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Hickey Tanks 26-50% full 26-50% full
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout

dry Little Tank Dry Dry
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Bone dry

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Turkey Tank 76-100% full 76-100% full
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Almost to the top of the dam about 3 feet shy

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Westedge Tank 1-25% full 1-25% full
About 15% to capacity

dry Woodchute Tank Dry Dry
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Woodchute Tank Upper 51-75% full 51-75% full
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout
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Jul 20 2019
The_Eagle
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Westedge - Hickey Mtn - Martin - Rick Loop, AZ 
Westedge - Hickey Mtn - Martin - Rick Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 20 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking10.86 Miles 2,089 AEG
Hiking10.86 Miles   5 Hrs   56 Mns   2.14 mph
2,089 ft AEG      51 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
With afternoon plans back in the valley, I needed something shorter, not to far and not to hot.

Joe pulled this one together, and got us a new peak to boot.

Plenty of campers parked along FR106D on the beginning of the hike. The first 2 miles is a road walk until we started the climb to Hickey Mountain. The climb was relatively easy with a nice use trail trail once you hit the ridge.

On Hickey Mountain, there were some great views at the top. We saw remnants of what appeared to be two separate "Height of Light", about 20' apart. [ youtube video ]
We could not find the Benchmark, but thought we could see where it used to be. As of 1980, is was "Found in Good Condition".

Once again, going downhill on the off trail was pleasantly easy.

Martin Canyon #103, it's a downhill trek and is mainly shaded. Two groups of friendly ORV'ers passed us, one while we had lunch.

The hike up Rick Tank Cutoff #104, is steep and mainly exposed, but the breeze kept it tolerable. The 2 Woodchute Tanks are situated in a meadow opening in the pines just west of the Woodchute Trail. A great break spot.

Returning, we hit a use bypass trail along Woodchute. This routed us to the top of a minor peak/ridge. It's worth the very little effort required, for the views.
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Turkey Tank
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Hickey Tanks 1-25% full 1-25% full
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout
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Aug 28 2015
charlieaz
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50 male
 Joined Apr 22 2008
 Mesa, AZ
Hickey MountainPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 28 2015
charlieaz
Hiking4.90 Miles 504 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles
504 ft AEG
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1st trip
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I arrived at the trailhead to Woodchute #102 in my Corola and completed a 6 mi hike up that trail. Then from the same trailhead I walked the road west 1.1 miles to the jump-off point posted by BEEBEE (because I only have a stinking Corola). Then I bushwhacked the route posted. The route has a lot of rocks on the way to the top and the ridge-line just before the summit is a bit difficult to navigate, but not all that bad. Spectacular view and evidence others have made the trek and wanted to mark the occasion with initials . . . booooo. Activated the Peak for SOTA.
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Oct 18 2014
BEEBEE
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46 male
 Joined Jul 27 2011
 Mesa AZ
Hickey MountainPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 18 2014
BEEBEE
Hiking2.72 Miles 504 AEG
Hiking2.72 Miles   3 Hrs   21 Mns   1.58 mph
504 ft AEG   1 Hour   38 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Off trail 10 point SOTA Peak. Beautiful day views were awesome. I had lots of contacts and 5 contacts with people on other SOTA peaks 4 in Arizona 1 in Colorado. For the Ham Radio people I made a 148.5 mile 2 meter contact with another SOTA person who was on a peak in the Florence area. That is officially the longest Handheld low power to Handheld low power contact either of us have ever made. I also worked a station in the Azores CU3AA on 20m CW another impressive contact for the day.
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average hiking speed 1.97 mph

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