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Apr 03 2017
mike85741
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49 male
 Joined Dec 30 2005
 Tucson, AZ
Pinacate PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 03 2017
mike85741
Hiking11.24 Miles 2,604 AEG
Hiking11.24 Miles   8 Hrs      1.73 mph
2,604 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Note: I uploaded a GPS route which included part of the road since it wasn't clearly visible on the map. It's best to park at the Co-no Rojo (Red Cone) Campground, which is roughly a 14 mile drive from the visitor center. By the way Co-no has no dash, but it's being screened out because it means something else in Spanish ;-).

Starting out, we took the road which seemed to wind around away from Pinacate Peak, which was our goal. Starting elevation was approximately 1306 feet. We stayed on the road for about 1 mile, and then decided to take a shortcut, heading North. We were off the road for roughly 30 minutes and then we linked up again with the road and decided to follow it further. There are signs marking each kilometer on the road. We kept hiking and the road was starting to gain more elevation. At a high point, still on the road, we saw a sign that said "8 km", and that was the last sign we saw with a measurement on it. The trail narrowed and began to climb toward Pinacate mountain. There were huge fields of yellow flowers around us. At a high point we saw a bighorn sheep, briefly, on a peak just North of Pinacate. The last several hundred feet of climbing was on unstable ground with a lot of loose rock which made it difficult. There was so much loose rock that we would sink into the ground several inches. For every 2 feet we stepped upward, we lost about 6 inches due to sliding backward. Eventually we made it to the top and were able to see some really nice views of the surrounding area. A crater could be seen in the distance. The Gulf of California was easily visible, which was only roughly 20-25 miles to the Southwest. The peak was at 3,910 feet elevation, which was a difference of 2,604 feet. On the way down we decided to take a shortcut because the road was definitely not a direct route and we were short on time. We did have to cut across a few lava flows, which were like piles of sharp rock. The "lava rock" was 95% stable on the flat areas and not too difficult to walk over, just a bit slow.

The fee for just hiking for the day was 64 pesos or $4 USD. There may be a higher fee for camping, which we didn't do on this trip. We ended up staying at my ocean front condo at Sonoran Sea Resort in Rocky Point, which is roughly 30 miles to the South. If anyone would like to stay there, please private message me or visit the website listed in my signature below.
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Michael Williams
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Rocky Point Vacation Rentals
Ocean Front Condo in Rocky Point, Sonora, Mexico
www.beachfrontmexico.info
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Sep 13 2004
Tadpole
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 Joined Sep 13 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Pinacate PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 13 2004
Tadpole
Hiking3.00 Miles
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour      3.00 mph
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
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:)
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Nov 29 2002
ChrisAZ
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55 male
 Joined Oct 22 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Pinacate PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 29 2002
ChrisAZ
Hiking3.50 Miles
Hiking3.50 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   2.80 mph
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Started out looking rainy this morning but I needed to walk off some turkey after Thanksgiving, ended up being a gorgeous morning for a quick hike.
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average hiking speed 2.51 mph

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