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Apr 25 2019
DixieFlyer
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Bradshaw Mountains Trifecta, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Apr 25 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking14.70 Miles 3,287 AEG
Hiking14.70 Miles   7 Hrs   22 Mns   2.63 mph
3,287 ft AEG   1 Hour   47 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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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 Prescott, AZ
Hassayampa River - Walker - Senator, AZ 
Hassayampa River - Walker - Senator, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 19 2018
Peter_Medal
Hiking3.37 Miles 573 AEG
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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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Sep 15 2018
joebartels
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 Phoenix, AZ
Davis - Union - Tritle - Spruce, AZ 
Davis - Union - Tritle - Spruce, AZ
 
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Hiking17.16 Miles 4,194 AEG
Hiking17.16 Miles   8 Hrs   49 Mns   2.39 mph
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.

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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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Sep 15 2018
Tortoise_Hiker
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Davis - Union - Tritle - Spruce, AZ 
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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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Sep 15 2018
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Davis - Union - Tritle - Spruce, AZ 
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
The_Eagle
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Davis - Union - Tritle - Spruce, AZ 
Davis - Union - Tritle - Spruce, AZ
 
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Hiking17.16 Miles 4,194 AEG
Hiking17.16 Miles   8 Hrs   49 Mns   2.39 mph
4,194 ft AEG   1 Hour   39 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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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Sep 15 2018
BiFrost
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 Phoenix, AZ
Davis - Union - Tritle - Spruce, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Sep 15 2018
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Hiking17.16 Miles 4,194 AEG
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4,194 ft AEG   1 Hour   39 Mns Break
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1st trip
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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 Prescott, AZ
Walker - Senator - Hassayampa River Trail, AZ 
Walker - Senator - Hassayampa River Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2018
Peter_Medal
Hiking5.16 Miles 765 AEG
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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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Peter_Medal
Hiking6.40 Miles 864 AEG
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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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Jul 08 2017
Peter_Medal
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Mount TritlePrescott, AZ
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Peter_Medal
Hiking3.97 Miles 1,256 AEG
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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
Peter_Medal
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Mount TritlePrescott, AZ
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Peter_Medal
Hiking4.50 Miles 1,650 AEG
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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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Nov 19 2016
Peter_Medal
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 Prescott, AZ
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Peter_Medal
Hiking9.00 Miles 1,000 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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 Phoenix, AZ
Mount TritlePrescott, AZ
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Hiking1.53 Miles 651 AEG
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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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Peter_Medal
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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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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
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Hiking9.07 Miles 3,239 AEG
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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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Peter_Medal
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 Prescott, AZ
Maverick Mountain - Bradshaw MountainsPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 16 2016
Peter_Medal
Hiking5.20 Miles 1,350 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles
1,350 ft AEG6 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Gameplan was to launch at 6AM and piece mealing routes indicated it was to be a 11.25 mile loop hike from the Walker Road/Senator Highway junction (TH), up the east ridgeline of Mount Tritle, then continuing on the ridge to Maverick Mountain, then a freestyle drop down its north face to Wolf Creek Falls, then traverse along the Hassayampa drainage with a pit at the Senator mine and back to TH. Could not get any takers to join other then my 4-legged lead hiker (Tyson Bagger) so I just started from the house, which is the east gate of Millsite Village.

Since I was solo, I worked on the "trail", clearing trees, setting cairns, and trimming the route brush much of the way to the Tritle summit. Mr. Bagger spent his reconnaisance chasing any mammals within a 1/4 mile. I think he got 3 or 4 times the steps I got. Breezy and cool all the way to Tritle. Coming down off the Tritle summit drains into Forest Road 9403C which is a jeep trail more or less. The wind stopped and it started to heat up. I pre-hydrated with 2 quarts prior to launch, figured we would look for the unnamed 7145 for a pit stop as Mr. Bagger needed a water break. Unnamed 7145 was way overgrown and we stopped a little further down the route. He drank a full quart, I threw down a half, damn pumpkin dog, leaving only a half for the remainder of the adventure. 9403C reminds me of my poker bank roll, up and down and up and down. Came across a junction for Trail 65. And then I remembered. I was showing property down Mt. Tritle road the week earlier and seeing a sign for the 65 TH. Ah ha! Along this ridge offered up some pretty killer views of the three Yavapai County High pointers.... Tritle (7782); Union (7979) and Davis (7960) and another great vantage point of the entire South Spruce Ridgeline.

I savored the cobbly and rocky 9403C as I remembered Joe Bartels calling Maverick a "scathing bundle of joy". I knew once I got off this trail it was probably not going to be very pleasant. It was rare day for me to be wearing jeans and a long sleeve shirt. I know bushwacking through the thorny New Mexican Locust can be treacherous which is what Joe was probably referring to. It did not help that I was on the phone with Amy earlier telling me how excited it was to see not one but two of the biggest rattlesnakes on her off trail bush wack. Much of the Bradshaws are covered in the mountain snow berry. Off trail, you never know what your going to step on, so unwittingly Amy fueled my fears of stepping on a rattler.

I fielded another call and much to my dismay overshot my ideal entry point leading to the Maverick summit. So as to not pumpkin my "route" I just banged right to catch the ridgeline. A ghost spirit whispered "scathing bundle of joy...scathing bundle of joy".... lets just say I hate the New Mexican Locust.... we are not friends. Had to plough through that pumpkin pumpkin, what joy.

Maverick Mountain, the red headed step child of the Bradshaws. Essentially alone with no trail, no love.

Once on the ridge, was able to follow the red/orange flags dangling from branches and shrubs although at times choose to take my own route to accomodate my hike pal.

I set a summit register and jammed in the crack of the two main branches of juniper. Maverick's summit is completely covered in Mountain snowberry and a Gamble Oak Thicket. Most summits I've had the joys of bagging have always been a rock outcropping, not Maverick. Its in a class of its own.

I took five minutes here to sign the register and enjoy some shade. Mr. Bagger slurped the balance of the water. No fear though, the north face is predominately all oak thicket and New Mexican Locust thicket and once we hit the Hassayampa drainage we will find water and pools and then work our way to the Wolf Creek falls. What a disappointment. Behind my house the Hassayampa has pools and trickles of water. Not off Maverick. Completely dry. Bagger was a real trooper, unlike when he was puppy he was pulling no punches and pressed on, but I was out of water too. Looking at our route I thought I may have overshot the Wolf Creek & Hassayampa confluence so I made some cuts and ventured back northeasterly. No dice. We did not go far enough. We found some shade and parked it. Mission abort. Pulled up route scout to see where I am at and see where I can get saved. I was about mile from Wolf Creek road, straight line. Called in a pick up exhausted and dehydrated. More NM Locust and now overgrown Manzanita, more elevation to gain. Dehydration is a mother pumpkin.

I want a redo, except I will wait for mid October.

dry Hassayampa River - Upper Dry Dry
Dry as a bone.
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Jul 02 2016
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Spruce - Davis - Union - Tritle Shuttle, AZ 
Spruce - Davis - Union - Tritle Shuttle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 02 2016
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Hiking18.32 Miles 4,782 AEG
Hiking18.32 Miles   9 Hrs   41 Mns   2.16 mph
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Bruce wanted to medal around Peter's neck of the woods. A morning thunderstorm swept through before our arrival. The forecast looked promising. It turned out to be about the best weather you can expect for July. Humid yet clouds kept the sun off us more than not along with some nice breezes.

We hit the peaks in the order linked above. We've been many times and will likely return. Close to the Valley and a gem if you can dance around the storms which seem almost daily in July.

Tritle and I were not the best of friends. We hiked the backroad up this time. What a difference. Lots of trees and I didn't feel like I was skirting deliverance. We started down a Peter route which to our surprise was a local trail through tall pines. Unfortunately it looked to be going towards FR79. So we off trailed through medium nonsense down to the Senator Mine. Nothing bad, just really wanted that local trail to roll east instead of west. The Hassayampa had more flow than I anticipated, maybe from the morning storm?

Nice hike, thanks for the shuttle Ray!
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Hassayampa Falls Light flow Light flow
more than anticipated, chocolate brown so maybe run off from the morning storm
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Spruce-Davis-Union-Tritle Shuttle, AZ 
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Up at 4am I checked the radar and Prescott what getting nailed with a heavy thunderstorm.
I knew it would be a humid one. Temps on the day ranged from 62 to 78. Not bad for a July.

Ray was our shuttle commander today. He dropped us at the Groom Creek TH. Clockwise on the Groom Creek #307 up to Spruce Mountain, we stopped at the Fire Lookout. Red is gone and Suzie is back in the tower. All the windows were open and the hummingbirds were flying feeder to feeder through the tower.

On to Isabella #377 and down to Potato Patch.

Dandrea #285 is my least favorite in this loop. A group of hikers pointed out the best example I've seen of an Arrastra, which made this trail a plus this time.

The off trail to Mount Davis is always a worthy track. Some really good views.
Video from the Top of Mount Davis :next: https://youtu.be/UJ ... HT8Y

Next it was off to Mount Union to visit with John for a bit before lunch on the Helipad.

The planned route had to be adjusted after we ran into some Private Property. This is the first time I'd taken FR52B to the top of Mount Tritle. A worthy route with some nice views. We searched for the Summit Register with zero luck.
We meddled with the Peter Medal route off the north side. This route was a super highway for about half the way down. After that, not so much. Finally in the Hassayampa, travel was much easier.

Our shuttle driver picked us up while walking on...Walker Road. Thanks Ray!
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Arrastra Dandrea Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Plenty to filter from

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Hassayampa Falls Light flow Light flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Hassayampa Lake 51-75% full 51-75% full
Lots of water behind a fence
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Mount TritlePrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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Hiking3.66 Miles 1,551 AEG
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Mount Tritle Ambassador Here. Led todays hike with one brave soul from the Prescott Outdoor Adventures meet up. Ryan is forever graced with the "Medal Mile" off-trail concept. Traffic was horrible on the commute time from house to TH (Walker Road & Senator Highway Intersection) saw three deer and a flock of wild turkey on the way down, took all but 5 minutes, usually takes 4.

58 Degrees when we launched with a little sprinkling of rain. Followed my usual East Ridgeline traverse to Tritle summit. I knew that from a previous post that the Summit Register I planted was removed. Was disappointed to find that someone knocked over all the cairns around the true summit as well as removing the other summit register (unless I could not find it). Its never a dull moment taking the "freestyle drop" down any of the numerous ridges down into the Hassayampa drainage (N; NNW; NW; NWW). Cliffed out a couple times with some down climbs here and there. Losing count on the times making this descent and have yet to find an easy route that would play nice covered in two plus feet of snow (future snow hikes). The problem with this most recent route is, we do not get a birds eye view of the Senator/Maxton Mill which is blocked by the NNW ridgeline. So next mission will plan to cut it a little more NW and assault down the NNW ridge to capture that view but in a more northerly direction (dont want to miss some rock climbs by some pools and waterfalls of the Hassayampa drainage).

Another big disappointment.... in the Hassayampa River there was an abundant supply of LITTER. Next trip will bring a garbage back and collect it all... but worse was the GRAFFITI.... in and around the Hassayampa Falls.... very very saddening... how can people do this? The Hassayampa Mill is covered in spray paint graffiti and some of it is art and not offensive...but painting the rocks in and around the falls? Come on man! It takes a lot to get me mad. I would like to beat the crap out of the insulant bastards that have destroyed the beauty of the falls. Perhaps I need to set up a wildlife cam for the falls.

We ran out of time to enter the Senator Mine and looped around in the drainage all the way back to the start. Water flowing and after the rains the forest smelled so clean, too bad we cant bottle up that fresh scent.
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