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Apr 18 2020
seanpeters
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45 male
 Joined Jun 22 2015
 scottsdale, az
Stewart MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 18 2020
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Hiking3.70 Miles
Hiking3.70 Miles   2 Hrs   56 Mns   1.26 mph
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Nestled in-between SR 87 and Bush Highway sits Stewart Mountain. I have driven by it countless times but until yesterday did not even know it had a name. In fact, it was not until I looked at the summit registrar did I realize it was even called something. With my motorcycle somewhat hidden alongside the Bush Highway I maneuvered my way over a couple of barbed wire fences and was quickly engulfed in a sea of foxtails.

The desert is beautiful this time of year but the foxtails and thistles on this hike were fairly annoying. The drone of off-road vehicles, blaring music from cars and some really loud motorcycles were my companions for a bit of the hike until I got far enough and high enough away from the road the cacophonies became less noticeable.

The first of the three summits came fairly quickly and offered commanding views of Saguaro Lake and Weaver's Needle. A short descent into a neat valley and back up to the actual highpoint was nice. The final peak has what appears to be the most useless and oddly placed billboard in Arizona. I was told it has something to do with the Sheriff's Department, either way it is out of place and ugly.

I came down the obvious granite, boulder field gulley and eventually to the road. A 3/4 mile jaunt back to the motorcycle was perhaps the most dangerous part of the adventure.
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Apr 18 2020
adilling
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 Mesa, AZ
Stewart MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking3.20 Miles 1,498 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   5 Hrs   5 Mns   0.85 mph
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In my search for solitary hikes, I have been hitting some "peaks less traveled" lately. Next up, Stewart Mountain. My first hike up to these peaks.

I was running late so I did not start this hike until past 11am. The clouds were pretty cool at the start, I wish I could have started earlier.

I kinda sorta followed a gps track on the way up. I knew I had to follow the wash up to the chute and then stay to the left. I the chute itself did not look appealing. The terrain on the left was not so nice either. A nasty boulder hop up with the added bonus of really high dead grass and a plethora of thorny plants in between the boulders. I was a slow mover on the way up for sure. Just about to the valley/saddle, I picked up some cairns and followed those up the rest of the way.

Once I made it to the flat section, I took in the views of Four Peaks and then made a straight shot to Peak 2968. I opted to go up the northern slope of the east side and then take the little ridgeline up to the summit. Excellent views of the McDowell's, Red Mountain, Fountain Hills. The wind was really going strong up on top. I found the register and signed in.

My next stop was 2961. I wanted to go up and see what the microwave repeater was all about. The hike down the slope of 2968 was steep and nasty, but I made it down. I made my way up to the repeater and the cell transponder. Interesting to see this up close after looking at it all these years. From there, I made my way to the top. I took some pictures, took a little break and had some lunch. The traffic on the Bush Highway was non-stop. I had parked right in front of the Butcher Jones sign. I could see others parking on the opposite side as well. Lots of people out on the 4x4 roads as well.

After my break, I was looking across to the third peak, 2931. My desire for nasty boulder hopping up and down that one was not very high, so I opted to take a diagonal descent from 2961 to the chute. I picked up the cairned route again and followed it down.

This hike took me longer than expected. The views on the middle peak, 2961 are amazing. When I come up here again, I will make sure I have some clouds or perhaps hike up in the dark for a sunrise or hit it for a sunset?
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Nov 28 2017
jimntempe
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 Tempe, AZ
Stewart MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking2.50 Miles 1,188 AEG
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Saw an old flat Microwave reflector from the highway and decided to hike up to it. Tracked down coordinates on Google earth and estimated the shortest route. Probably a longer route would have been better. Took off from Intersection of Bush highway and Butcher Jones Beach access road and headed toward mountain. First part is almost flat with old road you can follow for a while. Then started up the central drainage of two mountains. No trail. Had to climb over a lot of boulders. About 2/3rds up found someone had made rock piles to mark how they had gone. These continued to a flat area of the saddle between the peaks. THen more boulder hopping to the Microwave. Old flat microwave reflector with graffiti on it and a fairly new looking solar powered microwave repeater installation. Nice views of superstitions, weavers needle, four peaks and Saguaro lake. On the trip back swung a bit wider at the beginning but managed to wind up in the boulders again which was a pain in the behind. If I was to go again I would look for a route up on the "other side" of the mountain even if it was longer if it would avoid the boulders. Fortunately even though there were some steep parts there were very few places with loose material, mostly there were rocks and rock outcroppings you could plant your boots on. Saw very little birds or wildlife.
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Oct 29 2016
JasonCleghorn
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 Amherst, NH
Stewart MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking3.73 Miles 1,819 AEG
Hiking3.73 Miles   3 Hrs   39 Mns   1.07 mph
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Well after a restless night of pouring over spreadsheets and topo maps and frantically hitting the F5 button on Lists of John :y: I was somehow able to drag myself out of bed to climb Stewart Mountain, Peak 2961 and Peak 2931. I used Joe's route from years ago and up I went. Great, my favorite type of mountains, loose pea gravel...

But I made it first up 2961, down, then over to Stewart Mountain then over to 2931. 2931 marked what's been a long string for me of the shortest mountain being the hardest. It seemed the steepest and had the loosest scree.

The ~1 mile boulder hopping chute down between Peaks 2961 and 2931 held a first for me. I could feel a rock I was standing on slightly vibrating from I believe a rattlesnake below it. I looked, but never saw it and kept moving. The smooth granite boulders in the wash/draw/chute are particularly slippery and my shoes are getting low on tread so that was fun.

All in all, a great day.
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Dec 05 2015
mt98dew
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 Phoenix,Az
Stewart MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking3.53 Miles 1,188 AEG
Hiking3.53 Miles   3 Hrs   53 Mns   0.91 mph
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First of my "Daily Double". Took a chance and parked on the side of the road just past the Butcher Road turn. There were quite a few no parking signs along the road, but none where I parked. So I am not sure if my chosen parking spot was ok or if I got just got lucky. My vehicle was there with no ticket when I got back.

The hike was quite a change from the city trails that I typically do. I started by hiking along the southern edge of the ravine up on the east side. There were a few cairns at the lower section, but to my mind they didn't really serve a purpose. There was no trail to follow and I was basically zigzagging trying to find the path of least resistance. I was about 1/5 of the way from the lip of the inner basin when I actually started to use the ravine for my climb. At that point, it was easy rock hopping with little foliage to get in the way. Going in, I had wanted to hit all 3 peaks. So when I reached the basin I immediately started climbing the northern most peak. This was steepest climb of the day. A lot of hand scrambling, rock climbing and pushing through brush preferably not of the Cat Claw variety. I took a fairly direct route as switch backing didn't seem feasible. The view from the top with Four Peaks and its foreground were fantastic. My Garmin said the elevation was 1915. From the top I was able to plan out the rest of my hike and everything went much smoother. I went down the west side of the first peak and then climbed the north eastern slope of the peak furthest to the west. This was a nice climb. Comparatively, very gradual with open areas for the climb. Found a capstone. Garmin had the elevation at 1980. The last peak was the one I was most anxious to do. I had wanted to check out the billboard ever since I had seen it from the road years ago. The climb wasn't as gradual as peak #2 and there seemed to be more cacti to avoid so I did a little more switch backing on this climb. The billboard was more modern than I expected (15 to 20 years old?). Nothing more than a graffitied beige metal canvas. I was slightly more intrigued by what appeared to be a very new solar powered cell tower. It looked brand new. The climb from there to the top went quicker than I expected. Elevation at the top of this peak was 1950. The descent to the inner basin wasn't bad. But the descent down the ravine was a little more challenging than I expected. I stayed in the ravine quite a bit longer with my climb down, resulting in some scraped knees and stretched muscles. Surprised that I didn't see any registers at the top of the peaks. Very little wildlife. Just some quail and a chipmunk. Great hike!
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Apr 04 2015
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 Gilbert, AZ
Stewart MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking3.80 Miles 1,188 AEG
Hiking3.80 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   0.84 mph
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I've been wanting to visit this area for a while and I finally made it out there. Got a good early start on this one and I needed it. It was slow going up the wash into the basin. I mostly stuck to the wash until I got near the top and started to angle over toward the northern most peak. I made it the the top of that one reasonably quick. Heading down toward Stewart Mtn itself, the western most peak of the three, it seemed a lot steeper than when I was going up. Could be the route I chose. Heading up the Stewart Mtn was pretty easy as well, and coming down from it was a lot tougher. This time I know my choice of route was the cause of that. Finally, I headed to the eastern peak. I had to negotiate a lot of boulders here, but for the most part it was easy. Heading back down into the basin I took the direct route right down the western slope, then back to the wash and down.
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Feb 22 2015
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 Mesa,Az
Stewart MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking3.80 Miles 1,365 AEG
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Tired of looking at Stewart Mountain as we drive by or observe from other hikes----- Time to cross this one off. Parked at the entrance of Butcher Jones and headed up and done some wandering around and headed back.
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Dec 31 2014
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Stewart MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking4.20 Miles 1,760 AEG
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Beer doesn't usually last very long in my fridge but the one I drank today haz been there since February. I used it to toast John Scott who tragically died this year. I toasted John at the last place I saw him Dobie Wall and kept the same beer to toast him today. John and I climbed on Valentine's Day and a week later he died in a freak accident where a rock hit him after they were finished climbing.

For those who didn't know John, just search Johnr1 on HAZ and you will find a wealth of information. He is the kind of guy you really respect and want to emulate.

John was one of 4 John's that participated in this years New Years Day hike. The last line of his triplog reads: I am looking forward to next year.

Johnr1 will be with us in spirit tomorrow just as he was today.
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Dec 05 2014
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 Scottsdale, AZ
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Hiking12.60 Miles 3,800 AEG
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Took Friday off work and went for a few hikes.

#1 Up Sunrise Peak in the McDowells. I’d been here before, off trail 20+ years ago as I was piecing together Annerino’s McDowell Ridgeline as a series off day hikes :roll:
Nice trails now, saw about 20 people - time to get further out of town :)

#2 Adams Mesa - had not done this one - nice views. A few dirt bikes and gunshots in the distance - not bad though. I saw a tortoise and a coyote :D

#3 Stewart Mountain - another first. Signed the register, no sign ins since all the HAZers on 1/1/14 : app :

#4 Coon Bluff - an easy little summit overlooking the Salt river.
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Jan 25 2014
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 Mesa AZ
Stewart MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking2.50 Miles 1,188 AEG
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Hiked up before sunset to do a SOTA activation made a few contacts and then headed back down first 1/3 was in twilight the rest was in the dark. It was a great night to hike down from this peak the views were great. I want to go back up when I can start earlier and explore that mountain valley. If I was more familiar with the trip down I would have stayed up top longer also it was such a nice night I almost wish I had brought stuff to spend the night up top.
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Jan 08 2014
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Hiking2.90 Miles 1,188 AEG
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New Years Day Tradition, our first time. Great hike with wonderful people. We'll be back.
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Jan 01 2014
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 Chandler, AZ
The New Year's Day Tradition Continues....., AZ 
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Hiking3.40 Miles 1,791 AEG
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Pam put together another winner. Great to meet some new folks as well as see some other fellow HAZ friends. We had perfect weather and it was an excellent way to ring in the new year! Thanks a bunch for putting this together Pam! Happy and Healthy New Year to everyone!
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Fun hike to start off the New Year. Thanks Pam for coordinating and thanks JJ for the carpool.
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 Phoenix, AZ
The New Year's Day Tradition Continues....., AZ 
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Hiking3.20 Miles 1,840 AEG
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Having missed the previous two years I was excited to get in on this year! Gorgeous weather and good times. This was my first four-John hike ( 9L, jlp, JR1, jj3 ).

Headed up the right side of the ravine for a change of pace. Didn't seem better or worse, a few wobbly boulders.

Pam's grand New Years ceremony took place on the highest peak, 2968, which is the most western peak. She started a new group keister photo tradition. Partially sponsored in part by JR1's hide-the-peak-register which is an outdoor version of Twister. Kelly's New Years resolution might be to one-up the cooookie monster due to some damn good morsels by Pam!

After the ceremony I followed Bob & Barrett east to 2961 then north to 2931. The main west peak is my favorite, nicest views and no hwy/lake noise. The nicest view in my opinion is in the mid valley looking over to the Four Peaks. From the third peak Bob picked a direct route back to start. It wasn't shorts friendly but nothing horrible.

Schulhauser's Pub & Grill was packed and the service was great! We saw one or two bald eagles flying overhead leaving the grill. Great to see everyone and honored to meet an 11 & 12 year member!
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Hiking4.25 Miles 1,188 AEG
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After spending New Year's Eve with the Yotes in Glendale, needed the New Year's Day "leg stretcher" with a Dirty Dozen HAZer's. Thanks Pam for hosting and will be looking forward to next year's peak bagging... :D

After Schulhauser's Pub and Grill closed down for the day, headed over to Stewart Dam to check out the rock art... :D :D
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Cool off trail hike up to Stewart Mnt and two other peaks. Good to see some old HAZers I haven't hiked with in a while and meet some new ones. Kinda wished we had hung out for the post hike festivities, but 9L had a previous engagement he had to get back to.

Thanks for putting this together Pam and bringing all the treats. Thanks for letting me drive my jeep JJ. :)
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Jan 01 2014
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I have looked at this "Set of Peaks" from the Beeline Highway for quite awhile and thought it would be a fun Hike! I didn't know what they were until I looked them up and realized that a few, and I stress "few" HAZers have done them. From looking at the Triplogs and Photosets of those "few", I knew it was doable and had a great view of Saguaro Lake...When the Subject came up last year about where this Year's Event would be, this immediately popped into my mind. It just fit all of the Criteria that I liked...Short, but with a Workout and nice Rewards at the Top...

I was a little interested to see how this one would be received, since few have done it and I wondered how the Super Hikers would perceive this one. I was hoping that since it's one that they haven't done, with the exception of Joe, that it would at least intrigue them enough to join me. I was glad that the Intrigue and just overall Interest in my Annual Event was enough for participation!

Bartender Bob was present for the Third Year in a Row, Joe provided the Entertainment as always, John was committed to being non-comitted, JJ watched me not have to haul the Entire Kitchen Sink this year, Kelly and John taking part of the Kitchen Sink up, thus lightening my Pack by a long shot, another John who became a Bartender in Training, Randal had his now Annual Tailgate Party in place, Barrett brought an extra Brew so no one would go thirsty on the additional Peaks and a late showing by a Snowbird turned Resident, Larry. And it was sooo nice to finally meet Shawn and Tracy! What an excellent Crew this was!

As is the Case, the Super Hikers soon pulled ahead...With the lack of any kind of Trail or even a distinct Route once you hit the Drainage going up, everyone pretty much split up to find their own way...I took Flying Fliver's advice and stayed out of the actual Drainage, paralleling it on the Left Flank...This worked out pretty well with just minimal Blood Loss... :sweat: Barrett was calling me from the Peak before I even hit the "Deck" a small Valley between the three Peaks. The "Deck" as Joe called it, was a nice little relief before the final push to the Peak... :sweat:

As usual, I was the last one up, but the Party soon commenced... :y: Good Times, lots of Laughs with good Friends, new and old...Soon it was pack up time and some of the others opted for the other 2 Peaks...I decided against trying for them as I'm not in great shape right now and this is the hardest Hike I've done to date since my Knee Problem back in November...The Knee felt good, but I didn't want to push it too far and I knew from experience that I would seriously be lagging if I tagged along...So I took my time going down, enjoying the Views, taking some Photos and chatting with Randal...At the bottom, 3 of the 4 Johns were already gone and Shawn and Tracy were ready to go...After some goodbyes with them, I was joined by Randal and we went and got the Tailgate Party set up...We were soon joined by the others and indulged in some good food!

I just can't think of a better way to start a New Year! Good Hike, Good Views, Good Food and Great Company! Thank you all for joining me for more Good Times!!!

And....a little Action after the Action! Bartender Bob becomes "Chef Bob" and educates on how to "dice" an Onion, with a Side Seat Driver.... :o I could have shown them an easier way, but what fun would that be??? And a "chopped" Onion works just as well as "diced" anyway.... :sl: https://www.youtube.com/embed/bq3Lo5Dk5hM
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Jan 01 2014
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 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
The New Year's Day Tradition Continues....., AZ 
The New Year's Day Tradition Continues....., AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2014
trekkin_gecko
Hiking3.63 Miles 1,845 AEG
Hiking3.63 Miles
1,845 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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HAZ - Event
Barrett
BobP
joebartels
John9L
johnlp
johnr1
JuanJaimeiii
Oregon_Hiker
outdoor_lover
Paintninaz
Randal_Schulhauser
Sredfield
joined pam's new year's day hike for the first time
also my first group event with haz
on the fence until yesterday, but really glad i participated
nice to meet tracy, shawn and barrett
first hike with bob and 9l, too
a lot of johns on this one :lol:
the hike went from the butcher jones turnoff up a boulder and brush filled gulley to a valley
from there, stewart mountain is dead ahead and there are peaks on either side
i went up the southern one first, then up stewart
pam had a nice spread of champagne, sparkling cider, chocolate covered strawberries and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies
i had more than my share of the cookies :oops:
we all took and posed for pictures and admired the excellent views
had perfect weather, although a little warm in long pants and sleeves
descended stewart, and in the valley found oregon hiker, who had come out to deliver the watch i left in his truck monday while getting in a peak in a new area and hooking up with the group
johnr1, larry and i went up the northern peak, took a short break then headed down the peak and into the gully
randal had graciously lent his tailgaiting skills to the event with brats, chips and beverages
had a nice time hanging out for awhile with the gang
thanks randal and pam for the goodies
it was a fun and successful event, pam
nice work :)
i wouldn't have come out here on my own
a great start to the new year
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Jan 01 2014
johnr1
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 Guides 4
 Routes 17
 Photos 8
 Triplogs 340

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 Joined Dec 22 2007
 tempe, az
The New Year's Day Tradition Continues....., AZ 
The New Year's Day Tradition Continues....., AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2014
johnr1
Hiking3.27 Miles 1,420 AEG
Hiking3.27 Miles   4 Hrs   37 Mns   1.34 mph
1,420 ft AEG   2 Hrs   11 Mns Break
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1st trip
Linked linked
Partners 12 partners
HAZ - Event
Barrett
BobP
joebartels
John9L
johnlp
JuanJaimeiii
Oregon_Hiker
outdoor_lover
Paintninaz
Randal_Schulhauser
Sredfield
trekkin_gecko
Pam's choice of Stewart lured me off the climbing cliffs and back to a hike. I had never been on Stewart nor had I even thought about it but it turned into a fun clamber. Weather was perfect and the group a privilege to be with.

The other logs tell the story of the group and the food so here are a couple of statistics that interested me. First, the average height of Stewart from 6 GPS was 2994 feet compared to 2998 from the Topo map. Four feet error in GPS altitude is pretty good.

Second, the group total mileage for 2013 is 11,728.7. The annual mileage is bimodal with the top 6 averaging 1708 and the second group averaging 211 miles for the year. Pam is to be congratulated for creating an event that brought these folks together in one activity.

Thank you Pam for organizing and Randall for the excellent post hike repast.

I am looking forward to next year.
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Apr 02 2013
FLYING_FLIVER
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 Joined Jan 28 2010
 Fountain Hills,
Stewart MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 02 2013
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking3.10 Miles 1,279 AEG
Hiking3.10 Miles   6 Hrs   48 Mns   1.65 mph
1,279 ft AEG   4 Hrs   55 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
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Stewart Mountain is near Saguaro Lake and is comprised of 3 main peaks, with some smaller ones nearby. I hiked up 14 months ago to find Stewart Mountain Triangulation Station. On that hike, I had to “dig-it-up” as it was buried under dirt, sand, and gravel. The Surveyors monumented it in 1935, in a rock outcrop that is barley above the ground. Possibly that rock was more above ground 78 years ago.

Anyway, I was curious as to whether the disk was buried again after only 14 months. I also wanted to check out any blooming wildflowers on the mountain, as there were none two Februarys ago. This being April now, I knew I’d see something.
And finally, it’s just a nice, short off-trail hike, close to home, that is alot of fun.

Well, the Stewart Mountain disk was buried again, even deeper than 14 months ago.
Possibly the rains we've had migrated more dirt and sand over the disk, as it appears to be in a low spot relative to its surrounding area. Reference Marks # 1 and #2 won’t ever get buried, as they’re both sitting on boulders that are way above ground level. Since the azimuth disk is on a 5 foot high boulder, there’s no chance of that getting buried either.

This hike is all off trail, but it’s an easy enough hike. From Bush Highway just follow the boulder field up, between the two visible mountains, staying just to the left of the actual boulder-strewn drainage. You won’t see your destination mountain, until you climb up to the hidden valley. The valley is surrounded by the three mountains, the two mountains you initially “boulder-hop” between, and your destination peak. Once you wander through the little valley, you’ll start your climb again, this time to the highest peak, where the triangulation station is located.
If you have time, climb all three peaks. There are summit logs on all three, along with the southerly mountain having that microwave reflector, that looks like an outdoor theatre screen.

There was one negative on the hike. I was attacked by huge ants. Hundreds (thousands ?) of ants were marching from some food source, back and forth to their nest, right over the now dug up benchmark. They weren’t happy, and they wouldn't change their course.
HMMMM .... I wonder if they use a GPS ! :) :)
Some ants showed their disapproval of me messing up their marching route by stealthily climbing up my boots and taking a tour of my legs. I have the stinging bite marks to verify their “tour”. :( :(

The spring flora did not disappoint, however. Yellows and reds and purples were prevalent.

Saguaro Lake (Reservoir) was almost “boat-less” in the early morning, but got quite active later on. It’s always fun to see lakes from high above, with boats running around like little water-bugs. I wondered who was having more fun - the boaters or me. :)

After finding the buried (again) benchmark disk, I spent almost the whole afternoon atop the mountain, just leisurely wandering around enjoying the sights and nice weather.

Except for the ants ...... It was a good day. :)
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