We were camped in the Hualapai Mtns of Arizona, on our way to Sedona, AZ to
meet up with others. Today, I was most interested in Dean Peak, a P1K I had
noted while climbing nearby summits a few years earlier. I readily admitted to
Tom and Iris that , a county and range HP as well as
a P4K, was the better objective, so they decided to do that while I went off
to Dean. I would finish well before them and go on to do a handful of other
summits on the way to Flagstaff, keeping in touch via text throughout the day.
We eventually met up again for the last summit, the only one we did as a group.
Dean Peak - Peak 7,745ft
It appears most, if not all folks approach this from the the east via BLM roads
in McGarrys Wash. That hike is almost 9mi roundtrip up old roads and
cross-country. When I was visiting Peak 7,745ft about a mile SW of Dean Peak
two years earlier, I wondered if it wouldn't be easier to approach from that
side. Others had commented that the route looked brushy and difficult, but it
was so much shorter than the standard route that I felt it needed to be tried.
My route would work out to be 5.5mi, longer than I had estimated, but better
On that first visit, I was able to drive an OHV road partway up to a locked
gate. A new gate has been installed at paved Hualapai Mtn Rd across from the
campground, so the hike would be a little longer. Parking is restricted to
those who pay the park day use fee, so I parked down the road where I found no
such signage. It would do me little good - I had a notice from the park rangers
when I returned. I hiked up and cross-country to
that would the towers found
on the two points northeast of Peak 7,745ft. From the
above a saddle NE of Peak 7,745ft, I hiked down to the saddle and then traversed
the north side of Peak 7,745ft to reach connecting it to
. The traverse was a bit brushy and had me a little concerned t
his could be more trouble than it's worth, but things
once on the ridge. There was a very good that I could follow
of the distance, initially skirting obstacles on the left through forest. Where
the trail gets lost back on the right (SE) side of the ridge, I was happy to
find a of that led nicely up steep, rocky
slopes that proved the only real impediment. It wasn't a piece of cake by any
stretch, but the to reach of
Dean's summit rocks took only an hour. And fun, too. The
could be more easily climbed by traversing right and joining the route up from
the east, but proved a fun . I
was by 9a, two hours after starting out. A register left
by John Vitz had six pages, by Stav
Basis the previous year.
On my way , I stopped to pay a return visit to
in the way of gratitous stat-padding. It's a bit brushy
at the top, but not bad. I was happy I did, too, because I found a register I
hadn't noticed on my first visit. It was left by Mark Nichols
on a single sheet of paper with perhaps a dozen names now. I started back to the
saddle and road to the northwest when I realized I had forgotten my poles I'd
left on the ridge heading to Dean Peak a few hours earlier. Luckily I had only
a few minutes of backtracking to , then continued my return.
I was down before 11:30a, having taken something less than
4.5hrs for the outing. After getting from the rangers, I drove
up to to
pay the $8 fee. They were a friendly bunch, so I didn't mind the extra work.
The next three peaks were picked off the peakbagger app with minimal beta.
I drove back down Hualapai Mtn Rd, then right on the Interstate 40 shortcut,
DW Ranche Rd. lies on BLM land above the Pinion Pines
community. There's no trailhead per se, and it seemed a bit sketchy for the
first 100yds or so until I was clear of the neighbors. An old
goes around the edge of the neighborhood and helped in
the flatter, lower reaches. The I climbed is a mix of
pinyon, agave and brush, combined with much rock in . All
class 2, no bushwhacking required. The has no obvious
. Bob Packard had climbed it in 2000, but I had no luck
finding a register, if he even left one. Nice view of the higher
to the southeast. I spent just over
an hour on the outing.
Back on DW Ranch Rd, I drove to I-40 and across the overpass to the north side
where I parked for Rattlesnake Hill. This low hill stands alone at the edge of
Hualapai Valley. If I'd done a few more minutes' research, I might have
discovered that one can drive nearly to the summit. Instead, I hiked from
, initially on the (that was
kinda cool, in a Mad Max sort of way), then cross-country up
to in less than
20min. No trees and not much brush, clearly a much drier climate here
at 4,000ft or so.
This was a gimme just off of I-40 on the way to
Flagstaff. I parked , not knowing if that was legal
or not, but getting away from the pavement quickly. It's an easy summit up
class 1-2 slopes. There's a nice pile of at
to give it a summit feel. No trees, but more brush than the
previous summit. Ted Brasket left a register here at the age
of 76, no other entries. Roundtrip time was just under an hour.
Tom and Iris had passed by the Jeep about 10min before I got back to it. That
would make it easy for us to connect further east up the highway at the Anvil
Rock Rd exit. We left Tom's truck there, piled into the Jeep and drove south
for the drive-up to Squaw Peak, about 15mi from the highway, but only a few
miles on dirt Radio Tower Rd. The peak is in Courtney's Rambles and
and has 900ft of prominence, though it is otherwise unremarkable.
We walked around the perimeter fence at where the
largest of a collection of is located. Really,
it's not worth the detour off the Interstate.
Back to I-40, we drove to Flagstaff where we met up with TomB and Eric for
dinner, a Thai restaurant that proved decent. Afterwards, we headed south on
SR89Alt towards Sedona, stopping for the night at the dispersed camping off
Forest Road 237. It's a very busy place at this time of year, primarily because
the dispersed campsites around the entire Sedona ecosystem is highly limited,
and equally regulated as we would come to find out.