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Nov 09 2017
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Cow Flat Mountain - McFadden Peak QuadGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 09 2017
CannondaleKid
Hiking7.60 Miles 1,791 AEG
Hiking7.60 Miles   4 Hrs   33 Mns   1.73 mph
1,791 ft AEG      10 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
 
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We passed this area on our way back home from a camping trip in September 2016 and picked out a future campsite barely a mile from it, Cow Flat Mountain easily made it into our plans for a three-day trip.

We were up bright and early on our second day, drove the mile or so to the trailhead and were soon heading up the old Jeep trail. If you read the hike description it covers the basics of the route. Basically the old Jeep trail covered the whole gamut... rocky, loose, stable, steep & flat.

We deviated from the description by continuing on the road well past Cow Flat Tank, all the while eyeing possible routes up to the ridge of Cow Flat Mountain. After turning around we chose what appeared to be an easy route and began the climb to the saddle. All we had to do was follow cow paths and soon we were there. For the best views to the east, this is the time to take a quick detour to the viewpoint.

From the saddle it was a matter of choosing the most open areas while continuing in a lazy arc to the summit. Not much for scenic views from the summit, just to the west.

We backtracked pretty close to the same route on the return trip. When we got back to the car we decided to see what was up a very faint old track. It turned out to be a mining area so we did as much exploring as practicable due to some heavy interlocking thickets of cat's-claw.

Video - Cow Flat summit panorama
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average hiking speed 1.73 mph

WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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