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Mar 28 2018
Jim_H
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 University, AZ
Thumb Peak - Castle Dome MountainsSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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My plan was to drive to hike Thumb Peak this day and Castle Dome after on Thursday. I figured I could make the trailhead as I watched parts of a youtube video of the drive which seemed to show the road to be decent enough for my Outback. It took me 75 minutes to drive that 10 miles, and I was getting sick of the road. When got to the 10 miles in "technical" section, I got out to examine the road. Maybe I could get down safely, maybe not, but up and out was what I was really concerned with, also, a short section in the lower part of the gully was concerning, too. I could have road walked if it was a great hike, but it was already late enough in the day that walking for 2(?)+ hours to complete the last 5 miles of road would have prevented me from completing the hike and then setting up camp. It wasn't worth it.

I will say that I am still interested in this hike, even if I took it off my wish list. So, if you read this and are planning a trip with a sufficient vehicle to access it, and you want me to join you, I would be interested. I'm sure there with be a lot of takers.

So, with Thumb out of the question for me, I decided to head for my main event, a repeat of Castle Dome. Castle Dome was actually what got me to want to drive out here, as I love that hike, the summit, and the views. It always feels much higher than it is, and the last few hundred feet are a lot of fun. Well, I didn't get any further than the Museum, as the road which was always gated at both ends, is now pad-locked and closed to the public. It wasn't in December, per another hiker I met, but it is now, and there are signs showing this at the KOFA entry kiosk. Too bad.

There is an alternative, but that takes a lot of time, and is reported to be very rough. Lacking options and short on time, I opted to head to Signal Peak, and enjoyed a repeat of that hike.
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Mar 12 2017
Jim_H
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 University, AZ
Castle Dome Peak - KOFASouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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A thoroughly enjoyed repeat. Awesome weather and conditions, views to San Jacinto, and they improved the road in to the TH so I was able to get my car all the way there, and therefore past what I called the "Jaws" feature in my December 2015 TL. Doing this, makes me want to return for Signal and Ten Ewe.
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Mar 03 2017
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 Puhoynix, AZ
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Started with an early morning ascent of excellent Castle Dome Peak on a very well-cairned and established route that's better than a lot of official trails I've been on, with some fun scrambling and 3rd class near the top. Then Palm Canyon, short and interesting. Then Signal Peak, another good climb to a big summit, also follows a well-established route.

Visited Castle Dome Mining Museum the previous day, its well worth the $10 and a couple of hours.
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Dec 19 2015
Jim_H
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Castle Dome Peak - KOFASouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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Hiking7.00 Miles 2,089 AEG
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Leaving Cunningham I headed south as the sun set and I started in on the dirt road after dark. I passed the museum, the mine property and a few washes before locating an area I wanted to camp. It was a nice spot. This was good, as while the road is more or less fine, a few wash crossings were something to slow down to go through, and about 1/2 mile past my camp there is a wash that requires a jeep or higher clearance 4x4, which is to say it is not Outback friendly. I estimated this wash to be about 2 miles from the actual TH. Had I encountered it the night before, I may have foolishly gone into it.

I stopped by my impassable wash and walked roughly 1/4 mile to a wash with a sign in it. Here is one of several areas where the hike description and directions need updating. This is one of several washes with no vehicle signs. The first one a good mile back is after a curve to the right. This particular one has the road run by it perpendicular to it, with no real curve. My confusion came from human tracks that went up it, but died out, possibly because the prior hikers realized they were not in the right wash. There is only one where a cairn is built near the sign and people have scratched, "Castle Dome Trailhead", on to the sign.

I quickly realized I was not in the correct wash, and headed cross country back to the road. I found the correct TH soon after, with a red pickup truck I saw drive past my camp earlier in the day, parked by the sign. The correct TH is at the top of a horse shoe shaped curve or Omega shaped curve, and has a small cairn by the sign, as well as Castle Dome Trailhead written on the sign. However, because the road curves to the east, the TH is at the east side of this curve.

Starting up wash I followed the cairns and some obvious heavy use tracks, and I also noted instructions on the TH sign to bear left at one point (which is about 200' past the start) which is marked by a cairn. Once in the correct wash, one need only follow the heavy tracks up stream for 1.6 miles and look for stone arrows in the wash. If you reach the narrowing and eroded sediment cliffs, you went too far. The official (bot generated?) gps actually has the correct route, which surprised me when I got home. I am not a gps user, so I can not be a lazy hiker when solo. As such, I noticed the arrows, and was happy I did. These arrows could probably be larger, as at least 2 other parties (this day) missed them.

(I went) up the side trail off the wash and continue to follow an obvious and highly cairned route on a trail that almost looks to be constructed, but isn't. If you miss the cairned trail and attempt the ridges that extend out from the peak toward the wash, I understand those can be very loose and exposed. This cairned trail is really a very good social route and it takes you to the bottom of one of the steep faces of CD. Hike along the bottom, and head in the direction the cairns take you. You never need to do more than some easy scrambling, and eventually you summit. You'll never cliff out, or come in any real danger if you stay on route.

I arrived on the summit, enjoyed the hazy views, and head back with a partner who came up one of the bad ridges. Montana Jim, a tourist in a 5th wheel who saw the peak and just had to summit. He climbs normally, so isn't the typical 5th wheeler in winter.

Hiking out was fun and easy. The descent on the social trail should never place you in danger, is not loose any longer to require sitting, nor will you cliff out- ever. If you do, you are off route. This hike and scramble has been done by locals so often, it is very defined. Anything less, and you are off route.
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Dec 12 2015
chumley
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 Tempe, AZ
Castle Dome Peak - KOFASouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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Hiking5.82 Miles 2,191 AEG
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I sent Bob a text about Ragged Top after seeing it from Marana last week, trying to lure him out of hiding. Unfortunately he had done it just last year, but it got the ball rolling and we settled on heading back to the Kofas where we both have unfinished business. I came up with a list of 5 or 6 good ones and we settled on Castle Dome.

I had read a recent trip report on another website that helped us get off track and the first half of the climb was off-trail before we found the well-established route. But it was more fun that way! :y: None of us was prepared for the 2 mile slog in a sandy bottom wash before the climb begins. I should maybe research more! :lol:

The wind whipped up below the cliff face and I bundled up with beanie and poofy coat. Joe would have cried. :sweat: There wasn't much shelter on the summit but we managed to stay for a few minutes anyway. The summit register is a big notebook with enough entries to pass English 102 with honors. The trip down was cake and we met the over/under when passing three Yuman defense contractors from New Hampshire.

It's a long drive for a short hike, so I had put together other options for the day, and we headed off to explore some more. Ultimately my plans took too long and we missed a visit to the Castle Dome Mine Museum and the aerostat blimp which sat on the ground all day ... presumably due to the high winds.

On the way home we stopped in Quartzsite for camel rides with a syrian refugee, live country music and dancing with Silly Al along with a whole lot of cheese! Great day. Thanks guys! :D
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Dec 12 2015
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Castle Dome Peak - KOFASouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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Chumley "Trumped" the ragged idea with a trip back to the KOFA. The ruggedness of the KOFA hasn't changed since last year. Rico was bused to our meetup place and it was on. Its a long drive but totally worth it. I'd rather spend an overnight there to hit a few places but time hasn't been on my side the past few months. Tony and Rico set the pace and I lumbered behind soaking in the KOFA. Views are incredible but the wash was hugely annoying. Disregard rock arrows, they are worst then spray painted dots. I merengued and did the cha cha and drank myself blind all in my mind.

I was really enjoying this hike until I lost my footing and smashed my leg into a rock. The rock stopped my forward momentum but jacked up my leg pretty bad. It feels better now :y: . Friday, I did an Oculus Rift hike. Oh wait no I didn't it hasn't been released yet. But if I did it... it was pretty amazing and I also may have taken a roller coaster ride thru the Himalayas to a lava field. VR hikes rock. Thanks to Chums for planning and to Dave for his comic relief.
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Dave1
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 Phoenix, AZ
Castle Dome Peak - KOFASouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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This one has been on my list for many years, I just never wanted to make the drive. Bob, understandably, didn't want to be alone with Chumley so he asked me to join them. The first part of the hike was kind of a slog through the sandy wash. We made it even longer by ignoring the huge rock arrows pointing to the correct trail out of the wash. Eventually we found the right trail and the rest of the hike up to the peak was straight forward. I was a little concerned beforehand about the short climb near the top but it turned out to be nothing. A windy day made it hard to enjoy the top and also limited our views with the dust but we hung out for a little while. Afterwards we hit up an obscure peak and a neat mine nearby. Thanks for driving, Chums!
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Southwest, AZ
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I tried to get to the top last weekend but the rain was making things a bit slippery so I turned back about 3/4 the way up. Not to be discouraged, and after a tough week, I set out on Sunday at about 7am. Parked at the wash near some campers and proceeded up the wash solo. Made it to the top and enjoyed the rock to my self for about an hour and a half, or until my Cigar and Flask of The Balvenie were done. :y: Absolutely amazing views from up there! Heading back down was slow going in some areas, but not too bad. Passed a group of about three heading up and another straggler further down. Fun hike/climb, will definitely be back to enjoy those views again before the heat comes.
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 Chandler, AZ
Castle Dome Peak - KOFASouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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Hiking6.23 Miles 2,206 AEG
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Matt and I made the long haul out to KOFA for a nice trek to the summit of Castle Dome. Compared to some of the other major peaks we've done in the area (Signal, Harcuvar, Etc.), this one was pretty straight forward and an excellent peak bag.
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 Waldorf, MD
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Southwest, AZ
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Hiking6.00 Miles 2,100 AEG
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This turned out to be an eventful trip, not for the hike, but rather the drive... We started towards the trail head in a rather small car. Remember those stories about rocks going through oil pans? Well, at least some of them are true! Moral of the story: don't let the car high center on a desert road. Our buddies were golfing, so we figured we might as well make the hike before calling for help. Sure glad we did; it was a wonderful day.

Seems to me that the hike is kind of like three mini hikes strung together. The first stretch is along the wash. Mostly a flat, pleasant walk. Then comes the climb. Not in the mountaineering sense, but rather as a change in elevation. This get's you out of the wash, through the slot, and up to the base of the finger. Then it's a scramble to the top.

We ended up off the beaten track from the point we came out of the wash to the slot at the base of the peak. I have a habit of imagining that I am further along, and sure enough turned upward just a little too soon. It was a lot of fun bushwhacking, and trying to find the best route.

When we got to the base of the finger we almost turned back. I completely missed the easier route up and there was a fella along that wasn't so crazy about that first few feet of climb. In the end he was gracious enough to wait while we went to the peak. So glad we got the opportunity.

The scrambles were a blast. A little pucker factor to start with, but not bad after that. Do have to be a little careful, though. On the way down a climber above knocked loos a rock that would have done some harm had I not moved aside as it bounced down the mountain.

Balance of the trip down was uneventful. When we got to cell coverage we made the call for help. Tube of JB Weld, a quarter sized coin from Thailand, and a gallon of fresh oil later the hole was fixed and we were on our way.... Another wonderful hike complete.
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 Phoenix, AZ
Castle Dome Peak - KOFASouthwest, AZ
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Hiking6.00 Miles 2,100 AEG
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southpawaz needed a special hike to get me out this direction to go to this geocaching "mega event" in yuma (on sunday). there wasn't anything about that event that made it sound appealing, other than his presence. but this hike sounded like an interesting way to spend a saturday. from the "don't go alone" from mel8 to the photos and description from redroxx. i do love a desert scramble. this hike did not disappoint. the first couple of miles were a mellow up the wash walk. then we started up. and up. and up. then it got to a steeper scramble and we ditched our poles for full use of all of our limbs. this hike was certainly worthy.

other hikers: we ran into a couple of "white hairs" (for lack of a better term) who had done the peak from the front face. they said it was a bit more exposed - and that this was their ninth year to make the climb up this mountain. i can't even imagine, but wow. what amazing hikers/climbers! we also ran into a couple of marines on their way in the morning. i'm happy to be among such awesome company on that summit register. this is one i'll do again for sure.
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Feb 09 2013
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 Phoenix, AZ
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Southwest, AZ
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Hiking6.00 Miles 2,100 AEG
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I did this hike 3 years ago, and thought it would fit the bill for a quick weekend trip to Yuma with cindyl. In order to have plenty of time for the hike we left town before dawn and, with a few stops along the way, we were on the trail at 10:40. The walk up the wash served as a good warm up, with a fair amount of Brittlebush and Chuparosa in bloom along the way, and we hit the arrow in good time and turned to start climbing. With two pairs of eyes, it was much easier to follow the primary route; on my previous trip I had lost it and bushwhacked on both the climb to the finger and descent from there. This time, we followed the same route in both directions.

As we neared the finger, we sat down for a break out of the wind and were surprised to hear calls from above, since there were no vehicles at the parking area and we had seen no tracks. Once we resumed, we met up with and chatted with a pair of hikers who had climbed up the west face; we had passed their Jeep on the way in and wondered about what its owners were doing. They described the west side bushwhack as "not much more difficult, but with more exposure."

After our chat, we resumed the climb and reached the finger, where we dropped our trekking poles for the hands on scramble up from there. This section is more well cairned, and we made our way up and finally reached the summit. We signed in and took some photos from the summit, and then dropped back down one level on the east side to get out of the wind and relax a bit before starting down. With the afternoon sun further up the hill, we got out of the shade pretty quickly and made our way back down with just one fall apiece, and then strolled back out the wash to the truck. We drove back out about a mile and a half and camped at a spot I remembered seeing people at three years ago. After a bit, we had the tent up, dinner made and a fire going for a wonderful evening.
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Jan 27 2013
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 denver, co.
Castle Dome Peak - KOFASouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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Hiking6.00 Miles 2,100 AEG
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My favorite non-technical summit in the area. Big day. Missed the turn-off, got cliffed out, fogged in, and otherwise had a blast.

Followed the standard route up the wash wandering for quite a ways. Further than I tought we should. Missed a HUGE cairn and arrow of rocks. Ended up going way to far East then turning due south up a gully to a ridge, got cliffed. Harnessed Ginger the dog, got back down found the right trail and presto, the rest of the hike was on the really solid trail we shouldda been on.

The actual turn out of the wash is really just so incredibly well marked . It starts in a tributary gully that enters the main wash from the right (south). Walk up the tributary gully for only about 15 ft. then exit it via a dispersed trail that angles up the left (east) bank of this tributary gully. You will now be paralleling the main wash, but above it, up on the south bank on a slight ridge. You will likely not get lost from this point. You will likely not get lost before this point unless you are inept. Ah, but really inept could be just another word for enjoying the sceenery, eh?

Once on the strong trail we hiked at a steadily increasing rate of ascent until switchbacks deposited us at the base of a minor escarpment. Following the trail higher we scrambled up through scree and talus winding around the summit block clockwise until we were at the base of the steep stuff above the gendarme. We could see some folks had climbed up a waterfall-like route, but we elected to continue around to reach a really cool saddle on the south-ish side of the summit block. We then backed down out of the saddle about 50 ft. to a scrambly chute that exits up to the left as we back-tracked. This chute would be before the saddle on the right as you are going up. This chute proved to be the easiest route to the summit. From there we scrambled- with Ginger the dog harnessed ever upward to the summit. This last part of the trail offers plenty of class 3 scrambling with short non-exposed sections of class 4.

Ginger the dog summited as did my wife and I. Ginger was in a fall-rated rock climbing harness complete with leg loops and a 20 ft. Dyneema tether for short roping and hauling. There were 20 ft. sections where we could climb up not quite vertical rock- that she had to be hauled up. Were we to repeat the route we would take Ginger again. 8.5 hours would be about right without the detour, but leaving plenty of time on the summit.
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 Tucson, AZ
Castle Dome Peak - KOFASouthwest, AZ
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Wanted to do this one for quite some time. I'm so glad I did. It is one of the best low elevation desert scrambles around. The views from the top are outstanding! The color and contour of the Castle Domes is out of this world and the harsh surrounding ranges and desert are awesome. In the distance we could even see snow capped San Jacinto! The scramble up was a blast. We took the northern route. One in our group climbed up the shoot; the others of us scrambled up the wall about 5 yards before it. Good times.
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I camped out Friday night a bit down the road, as I was wary of going in too far with 2WD on afternoon threatening rain. Not long after I got into the tent fort night it started raining and continued all night. I was just about ready to bag the hike and drive in to Yuma for the day when it stopped raining as dawn arrived. I hoofed it up the road to the wash and made my way in. On the way up I took what turned out to be a secondary route, lost it quickly and ended up bushwhacking straight up to the cliff face then circling around to the finger. Once there, I dropped pack and poles for the scramble up to the top, where I enjoyed the views briefly before heading down and resting a bit at the finger. I started down following the footprints of a group that had been up the day before, but soon lost that route and ended up charging down the hill cross country, catching a good route just short of reaching the wash.
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 Peoria, AZ
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Scott, Chris, and I headed on down south for a great weekend adventure. Hit up Castle Dome Saturday for a nice epic trek. Started from the wash just off the road and hiked to the northern base before heading up a wash and some nice soft breaking up dirt to the saddle. Made our way up the along the base and scrambled on up to the top where the views were great. Nice chilling wind to make the rugged view rewarding. Headed back pretty much the same way down to drink a few brews and gear up for the next day on Sheep Mt. which Scott will post the info on as it is not yet listed on this site. That was an epic day as well. Great area and great peak. Castle Dome looks more difficult when you get back down looking up for some reason. :)
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Dec 12 2009
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 Reno, NV
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Castle Dome is now one of my favorite hikes in the state. The 20% chance of rain kept away what little crowd there would have been. The hike up the wash wasn't too bad, and we soon saw our route headed to the saddle to the east of Castle Dome. Some annoying scree can be found just below and just above the saddle. Aim for the gendarme mentioned in the hike description, and it's just pure fun from there. We scrambled up the crack directly above the saddle, but saw the slightly easier ramp, too. Both had solid holds and we all found the climbing enjoyable. Past this crux, it's fun and easy scrambling to a great view. Great day and great partners always help. Shockingly, with Ken along, we had a view and no precipitation. We'd have his normal conditions the next day on Sheep Mountain, though.
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Dec 12 2009
easternewbie
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34 male
 Joined Dec 10 2006
 Aurora, CO (and
Castle Dome Peak - KOFASouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 12 2009
easternewbie
Hiking6.00 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   5 Hrs   20 Mns   1.13 mph
2,100 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
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desert_boonie
sbkelley
This mountain is not for the acrophobic! It is, however, a memorable peak to climb, with equally memorable views. The wash in was pretty easy to follow (though stay L at the beginning!). After leaving the wash, the gullies up to the saddle, and about halfway again to the gendarme, involve steep slopes, gravel, and often unstable rock--easily the least enjoyable part of the ascent! Once reaching the gendarme, however, the rock is solid and handholds are plenty. After the class 4 crux--which was not as bad as expected, and which can be bypassed if necessary--it's just semi-exposed class 2 and 3 scrambling to the summit ridgeline.

On the summit, the three of us enjoyed the expansive views, particularly of Signal Peak to the N. Smog lay in the valleys (thanks L.A.), but made for some interesting visual effects. I didn't set any speed records on the descent, but aside from a few slips on the loose scree crap we had a mostly uneventful descent. We made it back to our TH with enough time to relax and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon.
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Dec 30 2005
Mel8
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43 female
 Joined Jan 18 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Castle Dome Peak - KOFASouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 30 2005
Mel8
Hiking6.00 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
2,100 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Extremely challenging, don't go alone!
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average hiking speed 1.5 mph

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