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Jun 01 2017
kingsnake
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58 male
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 Sunnyslope, PHX
Tanner Peak 6917Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 01 2017
kingsnake
Hiking12.76 Miles 2,236 AEG
Hiking12.76 Miles   4 Hrs   59 Mns   2.56 mph
2,236 ft AEG
 
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FR 95 has some rocky sections, and some that are smooth as glass, but I rarely used my poles downhill, on the return trip. Instead of concentrating on my footing, I enjoyed the scenery, including fantastic views of Carr Mountain,Baker Mountain, the lookout tower on McFadden Peak, Jack Mountain, Hopkins Mountain, and various slopes of Armer Mountain.

The private property appears to be multiple lots. One had a pretty nice RV. Another was for sale. (It’s not listed on Zillow.)

Judging by the grill and headlights, I’m guessing the abandoned truck is a 1958-60 International A110 or B120. I didn’t bother checking for a VIN.

There’s a real nice camp spot — flat, grassy, shaded — about halfways up the Deer Creek drainage on the east side of Tanner Peak.

I went to the end of FR 95, which peters out a few hundred yards past the saddle which separates Tanner Peak from Armer Mountain. I could not spot the West Point C-47 wreck.

The topo and my GPS map have Tanner Peak’s summit about 50 ft. east, and 20 ft. down hill, from where I found high ground. There’s some shade there, and a couple of rocks that make a good back rest, so I sat for an hour, relaxing, eating, and checking my @PrestonMcMurry twitter feed. (Depending on which way I rotated my phone, the reception varied from 1-3 bars; there’s no reception anywhere else between Rose Creek and the summit.) It was too tangled on top to search for a summit log.

There’s a fair number of hornets / wasps — not sure which — on the summit. They were non-aggressive, but buzzing all about, along with flies, while I took my break. I even had one hover for a few seconds, about 4″ from my cheek, sizing me up. I really wanted to ease my camera out of my pocket to take a picture, but figured it was wiser to remain still & not provoke him. Pretty cool.

After my break, I took in the views. Armer Mountain was obvious, since it was right next door. Turning clockwise, I saw an large sandy area, in the distance, and wondered what sort of flat that must be until realizing it must be the copper mine in Globe. The communities at the Tonto National Monument and Roosevelt Lake were obvious. I could not see Roosevelt Dam, but beyond that, Canyon Lake was visible, and on a direct line past that, Flatiron. (37 miles away.) Wow, that was cool! Four Peaks was also obvious, and Dutchwoman Butte, just below in the Tonto Basin. I could see a mountain range to the west, through a gap in the Mazatzals. Maybe the Bradshaws?

Like I said earlier, I tried heading down the side of Tanner Peak. At one point, I tried to ease over a rock. I landed awkwardly, and though I did not get hurt, could have easily broke my leg. That would not have been good. I’ll gladly take a bleeding arm over a shattered tibia any day. Yep, best to take the spine back down, off the summit. (By coincidence, that spinal route is the same one Joe & Eagle took up & down.)

Once back on FR 95, I hauled ass back to the Rose Creek Campground, pausing only for a few short breaks. Despite the temperature never getting above the low 80s, the sun was quite intense. Thankfully, there was quality shade throughout the day, all along the trail.

There were also a lot of flowers. 90% of the species were either lupine or tree flower with which I am unfamiliar. I don’t think it was ironwood. Miles of FR 95 are strewn with leaf litter from that tree. The only other species with more than a few instances were a tiny white flower, that appeared in clusters. There were some wild raspberries near the wrecked truck.

I started hiking at 8:40 a.m. — it’s a long drive from Phoenix — and finished about 4:30 p.m. A quick dash back down the mountain, the along Roosevelt Lake, got my wife & I to the town of Tonto Basin in time to enjoy some air conditioning, ice cold beers, and a delicious Big Daddy’s Pizza.

Finally dragged in about 8:30 p.m. Long day. But a good one.

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Tons of lupine and some tree flower that I don't think was ironwood.
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Jul 13 2013
The_Eagle
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 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Armer Mountain Loop with Tanner Mountain, AZ 
Armer Mountain Loop with Tanner Mountain, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 13 2013
The_Eagle
Hiking12.12 Miles 3,828 AEG
Hiking12.12 Miles   9 Hrs   25 Mns   1.78 mph
3,828 ft AEG   2 Hrs   36 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
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Joe's turn to pick.... He gave me 3 choices to pick from. I picked this one, which I find out later was an after thought. This one is an addition to the Armer Mountain hike that famed HAZ'er, Preston the Yetti wrote up.

The climb up was not as bad as I'd expected, based on the previous trip reports. (Although I would recommend at least long pants.) It does follow an old logging road, that has long since grown over, but not all that bad to follow. This compared to what was to come later in the hike. Follow the grade, go around the growth where required to get back into the old road, and you'll be to the top in no time.

Your first spectacular views start at the 2.25 mile mark prior to reaching the Armer Peak. Wow

Once on top of Armer Mountain, we spent 20 or so minutes looking for any sign of the C-47 that crashed up there in 1951. I had conflicting information on its location. We checked areas west of Armer peak.

Next it was time to start our off trail adventures. Off to Tanner Peak. The climb up was not as daunting as it looked. When you get to the actual Peak, continue to the North for 20 or so yards. Probably some of the best views in the entire Sierra Ancha's. You have more that a 270 degree view from up there! Here we had lunch in one of the top lunch spots ever!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?edit=vd&v=PlqZVGK00nI


We dropped down Tanner and made our way up to the ridge line that connects 7231, 7142 and a lesser peak. The views once again were wundabah. Parts of this ridge line have burned in the past. The farther north we got on the ridge line, the thicker it got. There was remnants of an old trail that covered this ridge line. In spots there was a worn track and we found a couple 2' tall cairns buried under the Manzanita.

Now it was time to make our descent off the ridge line. We blasted through a couple hundred yards of Manzanita and dropped 800' in a half mile over a scree field grown up with Thistle and Foxtails, until we hit an old overgrown road. In the process I slipped gently coming down and used my hand to catch my slip. I was confused for a bit when I was not able to pick my hand up, finding that I'd impaled myself on a small burned branch.

From here we just decided to walk the old road to 188, and then back to the car.

On this hike I got used as a human shield twice...aka, let's play hide behind the old guy.
Once when Joe saw the Bear/Cow, and once when he heard a gun shot off in the distance.
Good to know who your friends are.

Most of this hike should go in the book.
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Rose Creek was flowing close to Saw Mill TH
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Jul 13 2013
joebartels
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 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Armer Mountain Loop with Tanner Peak, AZ 
Armer Mountain Loop with Tanner Peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 13 2013
joebartels
Hiking11.40 Miles 3,468 AEG
Hiking11.40 Miles   9 Hrs   25 Mns   1.65 mph
3,468 ft AEG   2 Hrs   30 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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The_Eagle
Today we were lucky to follow in the footsteps of our hero, Preston Sands. Check out his excellent description for a good 4-5 hour hike.

I extended the hike into a loop tagging on Tanner Peak. The initial hike up is a bit gnarly. If it rubs you the wrong way then forget the loop. Once on top be sure to check out the western views on occasion!

Tanner looked like a blip on the pre-hike elevation profile. It was a bit more intimidating in person. Just take it in stride with a few rest breaks and it's reasonable. The top is okay. Just to the north on the rock outcrop was a surprising treat. This served as one of the best lunch spots I recall.

Continuing on to 7,231 & 7,142 the views kept rolling. Happy days came to an abrupt end heading down to finish off the loop. We knew it would be steep. The first layer of manzanita didn't totally defeat us... expected. The 65 degree slope continuing on plastered with a thistle convention and underlying fox tails took it's toll.

Bruce wasn't interested in the final leg of the loop. He gashed his hand, time wasn't on our side and we'd already had one heck of a hike so I didn't pester him... too much. Rather we road walked off the final third of the hike to wrap it up.

Nothing came easy, I found it to be very worthy.

Arizona Mountain Kingsnake, patch-nosed snake, wild turkeys, deer, etc...
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