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Moscow Peak Loop Day Hike
Bradshaw Mountains
April 23, 2016
by Bill Zimmermann
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10_MOSCOW_PK
Arizona Trailblazers at Moscow Peak: Rudy, Scott, Monika, Bill, Funyung, Michael

At 8:40 six hikers were on the move. We parked the vehicles at Five Corners. The only road that goes up was our choice. A week earlier Bill checked with Yavapai County road department on the condition of the road to Five Corners. “We are not allowed to give out that information,” was the answer he got. With the lack of information, last week Bill choose to “pre-drive” the road and also pre-hike.

1_LOOKOUT
O.K., everyone, here’s the road to the lookout.
2_Scott
Scott pauses to look the whole thing over.
4_TRAIL_284
Yes, we’ve found Trail 284.

It was windy. With one hiker lagging, Bill opted out of the climb to Mt Union Lookout, in hopes of completing the larger loop to the Orotino mine. The ascent of Moscow Peak began when we left the trail at waypoint #4. It was a fairly easy bushwhack as we followed a ridgeline that was free of major vegetation. Actually we encountered some cairns.

5_TO_MOSCOW
Moscow Peak, here we come!
6_Scott_Rudy
Scott and Rudy are determined.
7_UNION
Look back at Mt. Union.
8_Bill
We’ll save Mt. Union for another day.
9_Monika
Monika snaps a prize-winning picture.

We took a group picture at the top before our decent to reconnect with the trail. Bill had programmed some waypoints into his GPS following more gradual contour lines. Waypoint #8 was a guess of where we would connect with the trail.

We picked our way through manzanita looking for clearings. Taking the route of least resistance was not easy. Clearings soon became thick and clogged. Just push. At times we became separated. Communication was difficult. Rudy had his batteries in backwards and Michael lost his radio to the bushes. Monica lost her cell phone. If it wasn’t manzanita, it was scrub oak. In a few weeks when the oak trees leaf out, bushwhacking would be impassible.

11_YANKEE
Sing “Yankee Doodle.” We’re on our way there.
12_Trees
The trees aren’t leafed out yet.
13_Monika
Monika
14_Rudy
Rudy
15_bushwhack
Now, we’re going to bushwhack!
16_FIREPLACE
Someone built a fireplace.
19_LUNCH
This will do for a picnic spot.
17_muster
Funyung, Scott, and Monika pass muster.
21_picnic
Scott finds a picnic with a view.
18_rocks
Rocks and rilles of the Bradshaw Mountains.
20_ridge
Lunch below the ridge.
22_Funyung
Funyung enjoys a fine picnic.
23_ThisWay
I think it’s this way.
23_steep
It’s a steep climb to get up there. [photo by Monika]
24_view
The view from Yankee Doodle Peak.
25_YANKEE_PK
Trailblazers at Yankee Doodle Peak: Michael, Scott, Bill, Funyung, Rudy, Monika

At “TX” we found the trail. Enough adventure. Extending to the south would add more up on the return. We decided to return to the vehicle on a known trail. Yankee Doodle Peak was just a few yards off the trail. The return was uphill to waypoint “X284”. Bill asked if anyone was interested in extending the hike. Monica and Bill turned on the burners. They hoped to finish the extended hike on trail #285 through waypoint “Z2” arriving at the vehicle at the same time. They did.

26_flowers
Spring flowers, at last!
26_284_MH
Bill and Rudy on Trail 284. [photo by Monika]
28_CLOSED
Closed. Phooey.
29_OPEN
Open. Yay!

Dollar Bills Saloon in Breezy Pines was closed. Teskey’s restaurant in Mayer was open.

Bill’s GPS: 8.3 miles +-2975 feet. Include Monica. All others somewhat less. Thanks to Michael for serving as the second driver.

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updated April 24, 2016