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Aug 24 2021
LJW
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Groom Creek - Bradshaw Four, AZ 
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LJW
Hiking22.97 Miles 4,931 AEG
Hiking22.97 Miles   8 Hrs   11 Mns   3.09 mph
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Wanted to clean up a loop from last year with better approaches to and from Davis and Tritle. Started at sunrise and went toward Spruce Mountain.

First time I've ever done the whole Groom Creek Loop and not seen anyone. Watched the sunrise from Spruce Mountain and enjoyed its shine through the trees. Got to Isabella TH just as a man was pulling up. Had a nice conversation before we parted ways, and he began a loop with Groom Creek and the Crosscut trail.

Up Davis with a northern ridge and played it just about perfect. Almost no bushwhacking until the end, lots of beautiful pine forest lower down. Almost got skunked, but I was making a lot of noise, and it heard me coming. Stayed at the summit for a while and enjoyed being in the wind and out of the heat.

Never noticed just how pretty that southern ridge is. After a couple times the route is real easy. Crosses one barbed wire fence. Yankee to Union didn't hang around with folks out and about maintaining the joint. Down the roads and crossed a pickup the driver of which asked if I needed help and if I knew where I was going. "Just hiking through."

Up to Tritle that was it for people on the trip until just as I dipped down the ridge a somebody on a dirt bike showed up. Down the Tritle ridge on that weirdly manicured single track. Suppose people bike it. The prettiest part is at the gravesite for the man who died in 2010. Turns into a road that seems like it gets some commercial use. After that a bushwhack down from the ridge to the road any which way.

Isabella seems steeper than you'd think after the upper loop, but it's out of the way soon. Groom Creek's pretty uneventful, but it is a pretty open pine forest, and I happened to not see anyone in the early afternoon.
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May 14 2021
LJW
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Spruce - Davis - Union - Tritle, AZ 
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LJW
Hiking18.84 Miles 4,328 AEG
Hiking18.84 Miles   6 Hrs   50 Mns   3.10 mph
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Shortened a hike from last year by ~6 Miles. Abridged Isabella Loop with the Crosscut Trail plus Davis, Union, and Tritle in a loop. Only did a portion of the Groom Creek Loop this time and took shorter approaches to and from Davis and Tritle. Started around 6am in Potato Patch with Spruce Mountain.

Warm up with less than half of the Isabella Loop. Went east on Groom Creek to Crosscut and then down. Crosscut is easy to find if you're looking for it on the upper end, good shape if a little rocky. Really nice forest of giant firs. Up Groom Creek Loop to Spruce Mountain then back down Spruce Ridge to the trailhead.

Feeling tired, considered just heading home. Had a break, ate lunch for breakfast, and took all the weight out of my pack that wasn't water, food, or first aid. Decided to have a go. Wanted to skip Dandrea this time round, finally went up the northern ridge instead. Beautiful pine forest, especially lower down. Decent bushwhack, but I got caught out too far off the ridgeline.

Took in the wind at the summit then made my way to Union. Tower was occupied by somebody with CA plates. Down the road and didn't see anyone, surprisingly. Poland road through the really nice forest and down/up the unshaded 52b to Tritle Summit.

North of the summit there is a distinct trail that heads down the ridge. It is in suprisingly good shape. Pine needle tread, easy to follow. Turns into a road at some point. Beautiful forest on that side of the mountain. Got down to Senator using game trails, but from the ridge to the summit there's a trail/road the whole way.

Roads back down, only saw people in and around Potato Patch. No hikers. Forest thinning seemingly everywhere. Cool day despite no clouds.
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Jun 26 2020
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Mount TritlePrescott, AZ
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Hiking8.46 Miles 2,215 AEG
Hiking8.46 Miles   4 Hrs   18 Mns   1.97 mph
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I’ve been in the Mount Tritle area several times before, but it was so long ago that I hadn’t figured out how to edit videos, so I just uploaded a random segment I shot on my iPhone. I figured it was time to return. 😁

Mount Tritle is named after Frederick Augustus Tritle (1833-1906), the sixth governor of Arizona. Tritle was a lawyer, banker and financier, who operated mines in Nevada and Jerome, Arizona. I learned something new today! 👨🏻‍🎓

Rather than starting from the “forward” trailhead at Kendall Camp, I started hiking a ½ mile back, at the intersection of FR 79 and FR 79A. I figured I could use the extra mile of exercise, but by the time I reach Mount Tritle’s summit, I was wishing I had parked a bit closer. 😅

I took plenty of 30-second breathers on the climb up Mount Tritle. Even though it was only 64℉ when I started, the direct sunlight, in the thinner high-altitude air, made it seem warmer. The plentiful shade provided by the pines, juniper and oak were a big relief. The bestest, mostest shadiest pine of all was on Mount Tritle’s summit.

The summit of Mount Tritle was mostly covered with scrub, most of it stabby, but a lot less grabby & painful than catclaw. The true summit is 100 yds. southeast of where the USGS topo claims it is. The topo summit is marked by an old 3′ x 3′ antenna base marked “W7GOK / K7EUR”, the initials “BL”, “TB” and “JS”, and is dated “6-25-61”. A quick google search confirmed my suspicion that the code letters were amateur radio “ham” callsigns: W7GOK was James H. Schultz, and K7EUR was Bill F. Lesko, both of Phoenix. No idea who “TB” was. 📡

Mount Tritle’s true summit is marked by a small cluster of exposed rock, 100 ft. south of the shady summit pine. According to the topo, there is a wood shack on the summit, but it disappeared years ago. (Topo information can lag reality by as much as 50 years.) There is a 3 ft. high cairn where the shack used to be.

At various spots along the ridge, Maverick Mountain, Spruce Mountain, Lookout Mountain, Moscow Peak, Mount Davis, Mount Union, Granite Mountain, Thumb Butte and Glassford Hill are visible. Also, there are great views southwest, past Wagoner and Walnut Grove in the lush Hassayampa River valley, towards the Weaver Mountains, including Antelope Peak and Yarnell Hill. I could clearly see the large gold & silver surface operation at Zonia Mine, midway between Walnut Grove and Peeples Valley. Closer, a mile down Dosoris Canyon, I could see active operations on lower parts of the Davis-Dunkirk Mine. There was quite a bit of shooting down there. Maybe claim jumpers. 😈

After lunch under Mount Tritle’s shady summit pine, I started back down. Still taking plenty of breathers, and even a 10 minute break near the Maverick Mountain saddle. I put out a cap filled with gatorade, hoping to attract a hummingbird. No luck: The only thing that flew by were a pair of fighter jets. I looked, but could not spot them -- only the bluest sky I have ever seen in my life. 🤗

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A couple of prickly pear, a few penstemon (but VERY red), butterfly weed, some light purple thing I think might be a wire lettuce, and a light blue/purple shrub flower that sprinkled all along FR 9403C.
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Apr 28 2020
LJW
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Groom Creek - Bradshaw Four, AZ 
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Hiking25.00 Miles 5,050 AEG
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More summer mountains, another figure 8. Not a true figure 8, but pretty close. What I ended up with was a loop posted here by @The_Eagle that started at Potato Patch and hit the four highest Bradshaw peaks fused with the Groom Creek Trail Loop by the Isabella Trail. So not a figure 8, but maybe a double loop. Started at the Groom Creek Trailhead a little after 6 and headed toward Spruce Peak.

Groom Creek saw two or three dozen deer as the sun rose through the pines. Shady and cool. North side of the GCL is prettier and steeper than the south. Spruce Peak doesn't take long. Not quite fire season yet, LO was locked and unoccupied. Great views for minimal effort. Groom Creek down Spruce Ridge is a real nice walk. Great pine cover and cool. Lots of turkeys fussing down the slopes.

Isabella Trail saw my first hiker of the day. Headed down into Potato Patch. What a neat little community. Hasayampa River had a light flow, Lake was full up and spilling over the huge dam on the west side. Hasayampa Lake, like most things in this part of Bradshaws, is private property, with houses built right onto the north shore. Down the road to Senator and added some distance in my indecision about Senator Falls. Skipped it and looked it up when I got home to find it ain't much.

Went up Senator trying to find a spot to leave the road and start the off trail work to Tritle. Route took me to an overgrown section I wanted nothing to do with. Headed farther up the road, and I've never seen so many private property signs. Lots of commercial and residential property on Mount Tritle. It would seem the only legal way to the summit is via FR52b. Alas, the last switchback of Senator revealed a perfect drainage up, marked with Private property signs on either side. Thought about Amethyst Peak and all the unlawful motherlodes. Headed up the drainage. There is one house on the mountain that way, but I stayed north as possible to keep away from the property.

Tritle has great views north and maybe the best views west of the four peaks. 52b is rocky. Had my first ankle roll coming down the peak around mile 11. Splinted and decided to finish and worry about it later. More road walking and interesting properties that no one seems to live in.

Saw two bikers on Poland Road once I turned toward Mount Union. Shady under the pines. Stopped at a spot on the road to Union to look north before the peak and at the gate to Paco's House. Summit views from Union are huge. Tower unoccupied, will have to go back. Didn't take much of a break to avoid my ankle swelling and stiffening.

Over to Davis in no time. Saw my second hiker on Yankee Doodle. Davis is an easy traverse, minimal bushwhacking. Made the stop over to the bald peak to the north. Best views and best break spot of the day. Made my way back to the Dandrea trail instead of taking the ridge down in order to see more of the trail.

Wish I hadn't, Dandreas's a chore. It's an old mining two track with terrible tread. It's more or less a river of apple-sized rocks. Gave my splinted ankle its second roll of the day around mile 19. Limped my way into Potato Patch. Sat down in the shade at Isabella and considered trying to hitch-hike down to Groom Creek. Ankle felt a little better, so I just went for it.

Longest 5.5 miles I've ever walked. Isabella wasn't too bad, but the slight downhill on Groom Creek had me at my limit. Cussed and whimpered my way back to the car. Passed two hikers on Groom Creek. Wolf Creek had a good flow, figure the falls down the creek will be worthwhile for a few more days before drying up.
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Apr 25 2019
DixieFlyer
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Hiking14.70 Miles 3,287 AEG
Hiking14.70 Miles   7 Hrs   22 Mns   2.63 mph
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Union, Davis, and Tritle have been on my radar screen for a while, so Tracie and I decided to go out and check these 3 off of our list. I did a loop that was patterned after the Union-Davis-Tritle-Spruce Superfecta hike that Joe, Tortoise_Hiker, wallyfrack, BiFrost, and The_Eagle did on 9-15-2018. However I did not do nearly as much off-trail hiking as they did, likely costing myself a "medal".

We did the loop CCW, and went to Tritle then Union then Davis. I'd guess that 75% of the hike was on forest roads; 20% on hiking trails; and 5% off-trail. The amount of forest road hiking that we did was much more than I care for. If I did the hike again I would do it CW, and when I got up to Tritle, I'd descend off-trail on the NE side rather than looping back around on Road 52B. This would shorten the hike and cut out some of the forest road hiking.

My favorite part of the hike was the offtrail hike up to Davis. This was about an easy an offtrail hike that you can do.

We saw 2 deer and a large, plump turkey on the hike.
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Oct 19 2018
Peter_Medal
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Hassayampa River - Walker - Senator, AZ 
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Still recovering from knee injury...tried for my weekly 10k run and petered out, knee still grumbling...took a quick pit on the banks of the Hassayampa Lake to capture some of the last shots of the fall colors. Decided to press forward and make it a fall color hike in the drainage of the Hassayampa. Four legged hike partner thought we were going for a Tritle summit bag and pulled up towards the east mine entrance.... we meandered down the drainage with a pit at Senator Falls, and cleaned up some of the route to the Hassayampa Falls. Putzed around the Senator Mill then headed back home.
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Aspens almost all done. NM Locusts and Gamble oaks, next to go..

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Overflowing.

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Davis - Union - Tritle - Spruce, AZ 
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Hiking17.16 Miles 4,194 AEG
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4,194 ft AEG   1 Hour   39 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Mount Davis
55 degrees to start. Hit it brute force based on some of Peter's routes. Liked it more than anticipated. A touch brushy the final tenth of a mile. I'd do this approach over and over, great pines.

Mount Union
Never tops any favorite lists in my book. Bruce likes it. Over the years the gift of gab eagle has managed to turn a lookout we couldn't get invited up into a lookout we can barely leave without a seven hour chat. Okay... it was only thirteen minutes, nine seconds. While not my thing it was cool, breezy & refreshing!

Mount Tritle
This is in my top ten least favorite peaks. However I'm really digging the descents. Once again we medalled in the riddle down tritle on a Peter route. The forest heading down is among the nicest stands not too far from the valley. Pinals give you oaks and maples. Here it's pines galore with spruce accents. Real or not, they're nice.

The final hundred yards down is steep with two obstacles. Little concern for most, not the wisest choice for myself but it worked out. Bonus on the road back over near Hassayampa Lake was a competitive Boxelder going yellow for the Autumn Molecule Dance.

Isabella Trail #377
Out-n-back to Spruce Lookout. Looks like some work crews had a busy summer. Slash piles galore are waiting for burn off. Karl chatted with Sara in the lookout. Solid little easy ascender in the pines.
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one [ Boxelder ] as noted above

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the private lake looked full... not open to the public
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Hiking17.16 Miles 4,194 AEG
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It's been waaaay to long since I got a hike in with these gentlemen! They wore me out but I had a ball... I got to see some new mountain tops also which was cool. Thanks everyone, :yr:
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Davis - Union - Tritle - Spruce, AZ 
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Hiking17.16 Miles 4,194 AEG
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A scenic hike with the boys. I guess views make up for being away from the Superstitions a little. My GPS didn't like the area. The tracks were way off and one time I questioned whether I was on the right trail on the return because the track had me hiking in from another direction. Karl came to play ball and everyone else played along for kicks. The trails were decent, the routes okay and the temperature nice when compared to the valley. We took several breaks which made this hike fairly easy.
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Sep 15 2018
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Davis - Union - Tritle - Spruce, AZ 
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Hiking17.16 Miles 4,194 AEG
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Fuzzy, Supey, Dirty, Rockey and Old As made their way around this 4 peak loop.

We started in the "Tater Patch" at the Isabella TH and took on Mt Davis from North to South first. Not caring much for the Dandrea approach, we opted for roughly, a Peter Path to the top. Steep, but much better and shorter for this loop. Mt. Davis views never disappoint.

Next up, Mt Union and a visit with John. He's been in the tower for 22 years. 2 more weeks and the season is over for him. Wally got to see the Supes, two weeks in a row.

Tritle approach from 52B adds some distance, but also affords some distant views to People Valley. We headed east on a well worn Peter Path from the top. Tall Pines and smooth sailing to the bottom.

Lunch at the Issabella TH and a quick out and back to the Spruce Mountain lookout.

We got Wally out of the Supes 2 weeks in a row, Saw Denny for the first time since we scared him away in Feb, Karl taught us all, important lessons concerning balls. Good Times.
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Davis - Union - Tritle - Spruce, AZ 
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Hiking17.16 Miles 4,194 AEG
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Another trip around the peaks in the Bradshaws which seems to happen at least once a year. Mount Davis was first up starting from the Potato Patch and still my favorite peak probably because there is no trail or tower at the top....just great views! Next we hit Union and talked with the tower host John for a few minutes with a nice cool breeze.

Moving to Mount Tritle we hiked some road and old road sections to the top. Tritle isn't the best peak but as others mentioned the forest on north slopes make it a very pleasant hike. After that we dropped back down to Walker road and back to the vehicle for a quick lunch.

With lunch done we hiked an out and back to Spruce Mountain. Hard to believe this was my first time on this peak. Very nice trails and we covered the 8 mile out and back quickly. The views on Spruce were great and went up into the tower talking to Sarah the host for a few minutes. Then the quick hike back to the vehicle and a post hike beverage with snacks! Great to hike wiht Denny again and Wally two weeks in a row!
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Mar 16 2018
Peter_Medal
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Walker - Senator - Hassayampa River Trail, AZ 
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With a fresh 2-3" of snow from the night before coupled with the loud sounds of the Senator Falls, my fitness Friday forest run turned into a hike along the Hassayampa River drainage from the Senator Mill to the Walker Rock Wall. Was nice to see my trail being used. Not nice to see litter. Anytime in the Hassayampa drainage it is a legitimate Mount Tritle hike as your on Tritle.

The Senator Falls had a real good flow.

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Oct 08 2017
Peter_Medal
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Prescott Annual Fall Colour Run, AZ 
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I lured in my new friends at the High Elevation Training Institute for my annual fall colour run along the Senator & Walker Roads. I had ran the route a few days earlier....some of the same area pix presented....color changes lightening fast. Sad to see much of the Aspens in the Patch have already lost their leaves...

Tritle always packs a heavy fall color punch. I highly recommend him.
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Kevin and Colleen were looking for a hike in the pines to get out of the Phoenix heat, asked for something with Water.

Took them on the East Ridgeline assault up Tritle. This hike never gets old. Ever. Talked about having them return for doing Tritle as a snow hike. Crickets. Ohh well, maybe BobP down the road.

Water in the drainage on the east flanks, mostly cloudy in the 80's. Bagged summit, hike partners were a little exhausted and did not want to do the freestyle drop into the Hassayampa drainage off the north face so we hiked back the way we came up. some light rains on the last 1/4 mile was extremely refreshing.
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Mar 10 2017
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Peter_Medal
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Epic.

Sunday/Monday last week was brutal for the Potato Patch/Millsite Village area. A freak spring snow storm with heavy winds punished us with 2 to 3 feet of snow...with hundreds of downed trees and power lines. We were without power for almost a week. Tritle was not spared from any of the mayhem. The shear volume of downed trees on Tritle was amazing.

My weekly Thursday's 10k run, I run right by Tritle. Could not believe just how much snow still remained on the north face. With the season coming to an end I figured I'd better get my "snow hike" fix in before its gone. BobP (& Bruno) would have LOVED todays adventure. At times, snow drift was 3 to 5 feet thick of wet heavy crunchy slushy snow (although I only sunk to my knees).

Tritle packs a punch and always always delivers. This was just on the assault up the east ridgeline. The freestyle drop down the north face was completely insane. I had ski pants and snow boots on so I could have cared less. My 4 legged hike partner followed my usual route up to summit. I wanted to avoid the "drop in" to the Hassayampa drainage with the rock climb and overshot my usual drop and came face to face with a direct line to the Hassayampa Falls. What a treat! I've never seen so much water in the Hassayampa before.

30 second video of the Hassayampa Falls:
[ youtube video ]

Further up stream, video of Senator Falls:
[ youtube video ]

And the dam. Hassayampa Dam has been overflowing since NOV 2016:
[ youtube video ]

Route Scout locked up on me so sorry no route with photo GPS locations.

Usually I climb up to the Senator/Maxton Mill and putz around but the snow gave a total "leg day" work out. So I just kept going up the Hassayampa... normal "trailish" area was completely submerged.

I give this hike a 10.

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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Hassayampa River - Upper Heavy flow Heavy flow
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Nov 19 2016
Peter_Medal
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 Joined Feb 19 2013
 Prescott, AZ
Mount TritlePrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 19 2016
Peter_Medal
Hiking9.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles
1,000 ft AEG
 
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Post fall colour, last chance, pre-snow "calm before the storm" Tritle summit bag. Our first snowfall is late, weather forecast says Monday. No wildlife seen, not even a Tarantula Hawk.
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Nov 05 2016
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 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Mount TritlePrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 05 2016
BiFrost
Hiking1.53 Miles 651 AEG
Hiking1.53 Miles   1 Hour   31 Mns   1.18 mph
651 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
 
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After doing several Bradshaw Peaks we had just enough time before sunset to hike Mt Tritle. We started from Senator Hwy so short hike but went off trail to make it more interesting following The Eagle's route to avoid some private property in the area. About 45 minutes to the summit and took nice break. Then headed back down the same way to vehicle.
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Sep 23 2016
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 Prescott, AZ
Mount TritlePrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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Peter_Medal
Hiking4.24 Miles 1,742 AEG
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Another beautiful day in gods country, the Prescott National Forest. Slightly breezy with lots of thick foggy mist, temps in the high 40's at launch; high 50's when back to the rig. Hike partner was from Prescott Valley and did not think it was going to be so cold and borrowed a sweatshirt.

On this trip, I wanted to capture "birds eye" views to the Senator/Maxton Stamp Mill (constructed circa 1867). Previous expeditions I've taken my downward freestyle drop from summit were mainly the main north ridgeline. This is the most logical and expeditious method to quickly get into the Hassayampa drainage. However, this route does not provide any views to the mill. So the gameplan on this trip was to cut over onto the north-northeast ridge... at around 6800' and then slightly back up onto the ridge. This slim ridge is nasty. Cliffs out on you with some down climbs. Quite exhausting. Lots of mountain snowberry (which taste like crap BTW); limited amounts but pesky NM locust; crossing over/under downed trees; loose footing; and THICK oak thickets. But nothing like the descent off the north face of Maverick Mountain. I suppose if it routed and trailed up it would not have been so exhausting.

Once in the drainage all the baby falls were churning and burning full blast (we had lots of rain last night). Disappointing once again picking up trash along the river pools. What the pumpkin is wrong with people?

Video of the Hassayampa Falls: https://youtube.com ... TD44

I really love this mountain and highly highly recommend it. A shady summit assault with waterfalls, mines and historic structures. Great views to Union, Davis, Granite and Spruce ridge.
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Sep 03 2016
Peter_Medal
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 Prescott, AZ
Mount TritlePrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 03 2016
Peter_Medal
Hiking3.20 Miles 1,776 AEG
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Trail Maintenance hike more then anything of the East Ridgeline Traverse from the mine along Senator Highway. I parked where Walker Road dead ends and makes a "V" at Senator Highway. This location is 0.7 miles from the house via Millsite Drive or 1.1 miles taking Walker Road to my private trail off my deck.

In the spirit of Chumley's excursion and discovering two summit registers on Doyle, this is another Mountain where the True Summit was not where the previous summit registers were formally located. The true summit is actually west from where everyone thinks it is, along the ridge line. I did not record on MayMyHike and used Route Scout which pumpkined me over. So I turned on MMH from summit back down to TH, imported it and then tried to clone the route to be roundtrip.

I had to hurry home, so I did not do my usual freestyle drop into the Hassayampa drainage with a pit at the Hassayampa Falls, or obligatory pumpking around the abandoned Senator Mill or dropping into the Senator Mine.

I think I have completely trailed up the route so that any idiot can do the summit up and back without getting lost. Out of bordom, been somewhat crafty with some of my ridgeline cairns. Some of these characters need names.

Tritle and Spruce are my backyard. Life is good.
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Aug 15 2016
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Maverick Mountain - Bradshaw MountainsPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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Hiking9.07 Miles 3,239 AEG
Hiking9.07 Miles   4 Hrs   38 Mns   2.24 mph
3,239 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
 
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After months of promising Peter that I do the trail he blazed to Mount Tritle, I finally got around to it, and it’s definitely a sweet ridgeline traverse… at least this time of year with no snow on the ground! From TH to summit, there is heavy shade cover the entire way, and Peter described it to me as a ‘route that is heavily blazed to the point where it feels like you’re on a trail’, which is very accurate. Although, [thanks to the many the animal routes and routes from people stopping by the Hassayampa River in the very beginning], I had a bit of a rough start for the first 1/10th of a mile or so after inadvertently veering slightly from Peter’s track, [which resulted in heading up a very steep embankment with loose dirt and not much to grab on to]. With my equilibrium still not 100%, it was definitely a bit of a challenge to stay on two feet, but I managed to not take a nosedive or go over backwards and before long, I had reconnected with Peter’s track and it was smooth sailing to the summit. Along the way, occasionally gaps among the tree cover allow for some pretty awesome views of nearby peaks / ridgelines in the area, particularly those of Spruce, Davis, and Union. The Sundance Mine is a really neat area, with a large vertical shaft enclosed by barbwire and several piles of tan colored tailings. There are also some great views from atop the tailings piles.

Compared to when I was last on Tritle at the end of April, I was surprised to see how brushy the summit has become during monsoon season. Peter mentioned that in addition to the register he had placed by the tallest rock pile in the center of the open portion of the summit, the other register [that had been buried in a brushy area by the actual highpoint] had also been taken… and the cairn garden kicked down. :( With a jeep road leading directly to the summit, this doesn’t surprise me… in addition to the missing registers and destruction of the cairn garden, there was tons of broken glass on the summit as well as what looked like an old road sign that had completely rusted over. Perhaps this ‘summit trashing’ will finally stop if FR 52B erodes completely in the section that literally ‘broke off’, mid-way down…

Peter graciously created a new register, equip with a writing implement, small notebook to sign in, and a deck of cards, as well as a few other goodies. Relative to how he normally loads up some of the registers he’s planted with tons of goodies, he didn’t have much on hand this time; but one of the items in the register will likely make someone’s day. ;) In hopes of avoiding another registry robbery, I decided to select a slightly different location from the one Peter had used the last time. If approaching the boulder pile Peter used last time, [which is located toward the highpoint of the open part of the summit], there is another boulders pile just beyond it and to the left [if heading away from the dirt road]. This boulders pile looks roughly equal in height to the one Peter had originally used for the first register, but with brush on one side, [along with hundreds if not thousands of ladybugs], it’s much easier to conceal. I used a combination of both rocks and dead wood to conceal the register even better, especially from the side of the summit in the direction of the dirt road [from where the vandals are most likely to approach]. Hopefully the next person who signs in will return it in such a way that it is good and concealed as well.

After Tritle, I decided to head over and grab Maverick Mountain. I did not find it nearly as bad as Peter’s [ triplog ] and Joe’s [ triplog ] triplogs might suggest… but then again, my route was slightly different. For the beginning part of the SE ridge that Peter had overshot, there were wide open areas thanks to tons of brush having been cleared. Things gradually got brushier as I continued up the ridge toward the summit, [and there were fewer brush piles and routes as I continued upward]. Shortly after connecting with the spot around where Peter had reached the ridge, I encountered a few areas where the brush was thick, resulting in less than ideal visibility underfoot during snake season. However, I wouldn’t consider it extreme/terrible… at least not if you’ve got a good pair of bushwhacking pants/jacket, shin guards, and trekking poles like I wore! :) I’d much rather blaze through the type of vegetation found on Maverick, [which doesn’t tend to penetrate my clothing/protective layers unless I take a real direct hit] versus something like cat claw, [which seems to go through everything at the slightest touch except for my shoes and shin guards].

Unless the register Peter had placed on Maverick had fallen from the tree and become buried in the brush below [or unless I was barking up the wrong trees, literally!] I could not find it. There is no obvious highpoint on Maverick so I looked up/around all large trees located near what I thought would be fair game. Granted, I did not look nearly as thoroughly as I would have liked given that the mosquitos were eating me alive and I was REALLY running out of daylight… but even still, an overlay of our GPS routes later that evening revealed that I should have found the register. Unlike the summit of Mount Tritle, [which is extremely easy to access thanks to the dirt road that goes directly to the top], Maverick is definitely not a mountain that folks are going to go hang out/party on… so if the register was indeed taken / removed, my guess would be the people clearing the brush a short distance below the highpoint.

After Maverick, Peter graciously bailed me from the extreme stress of having to return in pitch darkness by meeting me near the official take off point for the Tritle via FR 52B HAZ hike [ description ] . For many more reasons than one, I am not a fan of night hiking while alone; and, [when there’s a time crunch and I know I’m cutting it close in terms of having enough daylight], I’m usually very careful to plan my routes accordingly, [i.e. taking certain precautions like planning the return / portion I anticipate hiking after dark on a well-defined route/trail/jeep road, and preferable one with decent footing]. However, eager to finally execute Peter’s route that he’s been wanting me to do for months, [and then over ambitious in terms of going after both Maverick and Tritle despite my late start], I definitely feel a bit short in planning this adventure.

Had Peter not bailed me, my two options were: continuing with the original plan [which involved returning to the summit of Tritle and then taking a different route that Peter had blazed off Tritle and back to my vehicle] or doing an out-and-back. Neither option was ideal. Although Peter’s route to Tritle was fully trailed for the most part, if I were to inadvertently stray from his route again and descend from the section I’d taken in the confusing spot at the beginning, it would be downright treacherous, [even in broad daylight], thanks to my equilibrium still not having fully recovered. By the time I would have reached this section, it would definitely be pitch dark… NOT something I wanted to chance. The other alternative was sticking to the original plan, which meant coming off Tritle by way of a different route that Peter had blazed. In addition to never having taken this route, Peter had emphasized the importance of sticking to his descent route closely if I wanted to avoid cliffy/craggy areas... again, NOT something I wanted to chance after dark. Needless to say, neither option was ideal; but thanks to Peter’s willingness and generosity to drive out and bail me, I was able to return safely via the jeep roads.
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