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Sep 01 2018
rayhuston
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 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Bigelow PeakPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 01 2018
rayhuston
Hiking3.38 Miles 1,073 AEG
Hiking3.38 Miles   2 Hrs   31 Mns   1.41 mph
1,073 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
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I had hoped to loop in the Smith Ravine trail on this hike but I wore shorts and the bushwhack to the peak took its toll on my bare legs. Once I reached the summit and took a look across at the next bushwhack ahead of me, I decided I'd had enough for the day. I'll come back when it's cooler and I will dress appropriately to do battle up top.

Cudos to @Peter_Medal for a nice track. As long as I stayed on his track, I was good. When I strayed, I had to backtrack. On the way down, I took a chance and followed the motorcycle track wherever it may take me. I remember crossing it a couple of times, so I was confident it would lead me close to where I needed to be. It did.

The weather was absolutely perfect on this day. Had a great time, even if it was a shorter hike than I had hoped for.
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Jun 10 2017
Peter_Medal
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49 male
 Joined Feb 19 2013
 Prescott, AZ
Bigelow PeakPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 10 2017
Peter_Medal
Hiking3.08 Miles 1,052 AEG
Hiking3.08 Miles
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Bigelow Peak (6731') ... "I'm just a Bigelow, and everywhere I go"....

7 Months since I last bagged Biggy.
48 degrees when I left the house (615am).
The 51 degrees at launch (635am) warranted stripping of the sweat shirt. ha ha.

Launched from the parking area at Mile Post 4.
Localized fire scarring noted here and there.

Cleaned up much of the official route (when on it)...took some detours, too lazy to download the route and/or check where I was at.

Biggy is a fun, ideal fitness hike for the Prescott locals seeking privacy and seclusion (no people).
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Nov 05 2016
Peter_Medal
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 Joined Feb 19 2013
 Prescott, AZ
Bigelow PeakPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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Peter_Medal
Hiking2.50 Miles 1,018 AEG
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High 30's on the launch. As the sun came up it felt real good on our backs. As our point man (dog) was clearing out any four legged beasts on his usual reconnaisance missions, a huge buck can barrelling upon us. Thankfully it banked 90 degrees from Alex and I so that we could continue on our merry way. We planted a hike register on the summit rock pile. Wonder if will survive 4th Quarter before the local summit register thief strikes again.
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Jul 22 2016
Peter_Medal
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 Joined Feb 19 2013
 Prescott, AZ
Bigelow PeakPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 22 2016
Peter_Medal
Hiking 1,045 AEG
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The purpose of this hike was to establish an "official route" for Bigelow ..... aka Lynx Lake Observation Deck.... reviewing topographic maps and aerial photography, seemed the most logical spot for a Trailhead to "Biggy" was right at Mile Post 4 on Walker Road... there is a clearing or shoulder which can provide for 3 or 4 vehicles to park there.

Down and up and out of a drainage their is some barbed wire cattle fencing to negotiate and then you cross a trail, I think the "Smith Ravine Trail".... pay no attention to that trail as it traverses north-south... to peak bag Bigelow your going WEST friends.... and low and behold.... stumbled upon my friend whose Orange flags have decorated much of my route.... have seen his or her handy work on Union/Davis; Tritle and Maverick..... great minds think alike because my planned route followed much of the orange flags.

I caught up to what I think is the Smith Ravine trail but it was going SOUTH and I wanted to go up the ridge. This is where the fun began. Thankfully, there was no New Mexican Locust but it was a thick bush wack. Mainly overgrown Manzanita and Charparral. Caught up to the orange flags again and then stumbled upon a well groomed trail which flanked along the north side beneath the summit ridge. Which my 4 legged hike partner (Tyson "The Bag Man" Bagger) was very happy to see. After "trailing" for a bit, felt like it was terracing with a downslope NW. A quick check of Route Scout confirmed my suspicions, this was nto going to take us to the summit ridge. Told Tyson, "No Dude, we gotta bank SW and climb this bad boy. Once on the summit ridge its has two prominent out croppings, the east end and the west end. He was done and found solace under a shady juniper with which I blessed him with his very own quart of ice cold water. My dog water bowl consists of a Food City plastic bag from the meat department, form it into a bowl, filler up, and a way he goes. He downed a whole quart, poor slob. This "pit stop" was just 1.1 miles from TH. We continued to work our way to the true summit and low and behold, a pyramid or rocks revealed itself. No summit register. Will have to change that on a future expedition.

Pounced back as much as I could trace back on the way up. Spent a lot of time clearing, ripping branches, setting some cairns and basically getting all the heavy lifting out of the way to accommodate my "no trail, no hike" snowflake friends.

The chapparral chewed up my arms pretty good. Today was a good day, did not have to use my AK.
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May 29 2016
uphill_junkie
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 Tucson, AZ
Butterfly Trail #16 - CatalinaTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 29 2016
uphill_junkie
Hiking8.73 Miles 2,776 AEG
Hiking8.73 Miles   4 Hrs   7 Mns   2.31 mph
2,776 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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Headed up to cooler temps. I've only done this trail to the Crystal Springs so far, so it was an absolute pleasure to do the whole loop and see the lush, beautiful green scenery!!!!! OMG was it beautiful! This is now one of my favorite Lemmon hikes, simply stunning! What a great crew today! :)
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Mar 03 2016
Peter_Medal
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 Joined Feb 19 2013
 Prescott, AZ
Bigelow PeakPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 03 2016
Peter_Medal
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Noticed Bigelow Peak (6731') while looking at the USGS maps off Spruce & Bald Mountains. I drive by it all the time, its north and east prominence displays itself along Walker Road between mile posts 3 and 5. Its a peak, its on the map, it needs to be bagged and tagged.

Further research revealed there is no trail to summit, no previous trip logs, no hike descriptions, all the more reason. We parked right on Walker Road about 1/3 mile south of Milepost 3 (just after the Hilltop Camground Road). The plan was to enter just before Smith Ravine but the actual was entering off Benjamin Gulch. Down then up from Benjamin Gulch, crossed an unknown trail that was along the Gulch and got on Bigelow's north ridgeline. Route scout showed 5908' on the map and looked for a USGS marker but to no avail. From here much of the forest was cleared by the Forest service within the past 2 years, I think from eliminating a grove infected by the bark beetle. I remember numerous "controlled burns" or I guess "prescribed burns" to be politically correct (prescribed because "controlled" does not always stay controlled) for the area.

On the climb up its northface the views to Lynx Lake just kept getting better and better. You could say that this peak is Lynx Lake Observation deck. On the upward assalt we noted a large granite outcropping ideal for a little climb, but we meandered more easterly on the ascent. Figured we would take in the rocky portion on the way down. Clumps of snow were noted in shady areas which the dog loved.

View from summit:
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Great views to Granite Mountain; Glassford Hill; Sun Devil Peak; Bear Down Mountain; Mount Elliot; Bald Mountain; Spruce Mountain; Mount Davis; Union Tower; Mount Tritle.

Definitely worthy of future trips. Right before Mile Post 4, there is a small clearing on the side of Walker Road that 3 cars can park, this location is almost perfectly 3 o clock of the summit and would be the shortest approach to its summit.
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Mar 03 2016
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Bigelow PeakPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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AZHiker456
Hiking3.38 Miles 1,045 AEG
Hiking3.38 Miles   2 Hrs   26 Mns   1.61 mph
1,045 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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Knowing how I’ve been on a peak bagging frenzy lately, Peter treated me to this short but awesome bushwhack to the summit of Bigelow Peak. This peak is the perfect little leg-stretcher / ‘tack-on’ type of thing to spice up your itinerary if you’re staying in or passing through the area. For such a little peak, [relative to the many other 7,000’ers in the area], the summit views are pretty awesome; definitely as good if not better than some of the bigger peaks. And being able to turn this into a figure 8 type of loop added variety and fun.

We parked in a small pullout off Walker Road and headed toward the peak. Toward the beginning, we had the option of staying in a drainage or heading up a small ridge. Full of energy after several hours of driving, I convinced Peter to take the ridge approach, despite the potential for losing some elevation gain [which luckily turned out to be negligible]. There were a few brushy spots en route to the summit, but the going was very smooth for most of the way.

Our approach dumped us out on the Eastern peak of the summit, so we bushwhacked over to next peak to the West, which was the highpoint. Short on daylight, we decided on a more direct route back by heading down from the highpoint instead of doing an out and back. This also allowed us to check out the slope of the mountain with a nice rock outcropping that we spotted earlier as we approached. We had fun going down the chute like crack between the large rocks; [however, for those not keen on bouldering, the rock outcroppings can easily be skirted].

Next, we intersected with our ascent tracks around the small ridge we had taken in the beginning. This time we headed down into the drainage instead of back onto the ridge, which had even less brush than the ridge and be a nice fast way back. Our little bushwhack to Bigelow Peak proved to be a sweet start to my extended weekend of awesome hiking/peak bagging.
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