Monthly Archives: February 2016

Mount Ajo, Arizona, February 2016

On February 23 Linda dropped me off at the Bull Pasture Trail below Mount Ajo along the Ajo Mountain Drive in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. I hiked and scrambled up Mount Ajo, the high point of the Ajo Mountains. This is a volcanic range with many cliffs and rock outcrops and the hiking high on the route reminded me of Misery Ridge at Smith Rock, Oregon. Continue reading

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Newman Peak, Arizona, February 2016

On February 5 I climbed Newman Peak, the highpoint of the Picacho Mountains north of Tucson and one of the 73 Arizona peaks with at least 2000 feet of prominence. Newman Peak has a reputation for difficult access and brushy and rocky slopes so I did my homework beforehand and drove in to below the peak the previous afternoon and camped for the night so as to be ready for an early start hiking the next morning. Continue reading

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