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PostMon Dec 31, 2018 9:59 am 
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Bearing Peak - 2520'

Richard invited me to do Bearing Peak and Canyon Point.  Starting from Northshore Road just before dawn, we hiked up the wash, over the pass, and into into the western end of Pinto Valley.  Rich had researched a nice approach for us to get to Bearing.  Although, there was no beta available for Canyon Point.  Not even the guidebook mentions that one, even though it is officially named and prominent.

Pinto Valley
Pinto Valley
Pinto Ridge
Pinto Ridge

We hiked south down a canyon which has some narrow spots and minor dryfalls.  A tall rock fin in the middle of the wash shed large boulders at the slightest touch.  Once the peak was visible, we turned east and up a canyon.  We avoided one large dryfall by working around the right side.  The upper gully was full of loose rock.

rotten 20 foot high rock fin
rotten 20 foot high rock fin
loose gully
loose gully
Rich down below
Rich down below

We came to a saddle in the north ridge and then it was a short distance to the summit.  Canyon Point appeared to have a lot of cliffs barring access.  Rich pointed out the gully he had scoped on Google Earth.  He thought it might go.  Hopefully.  We descended an east canyon from the same saddle and then followed a wash south.


Boulder Peak
Boulder Peak
West Boulder
West Boulder
north ridge
north ridge
Wilson
Wilson
Bearing summit
Bearing summit
Canyon Point
Canyon Point
Bearing Cove
Bearing Cove

Canyon Point - 2398'

Richard’s gully did indeed work out, and sheep sign indicate that it might just be the best way to go.  We traversed around a highpoint and then followed the north ridge crest south.  Near the peak we saw a herd of 10 bighorn sheep.  At least 8 of them were juveniles.  They were very curious and we realized the likelihood they had never seen humans before.

wash
wash
looking back at Bearing
looking back at Bearing
loose
loose
aim for this
aim for this
summit not yet visible
summit not yet visible
Jumbo Peak visible beyond the lake narrows
Jumbo Peak visible beyond the lake narrows
Canyon Point and Wilson
Canyon Point and Wilson
Canyon Point
Canyon Point
10 bighorns
10 bighorns

Canyon Point has an exceptionally good view of the lake.  This might be a popular peak, if not for the remoteness.  We descended the exact same way.  I was tempted to probe further along the north ridge, but didn’t take that chance.  Instead we parted ways in the wash.  Rich was pretty stoked to get his main goal done and there was 4 hours of daylight remaining, so I wanted a few more peaks.

Boulder
Boulder
Rich on the summit
Rich on the summit

West Boulder Peak - 2733'

I followed washes on the south side of West Boulder Peak and traversed east around a few false summits.  On top I had a nice view of The Sentinel, my favorite peak in the area.  I can’t overemphasize how fun the route on that one is.

West Boulder
West Boulder
Arch Mountain
Arch Mountain
near the top
near the top
The Sentinel
The Sentinel
Boulder
Boulder
looking back at Canyon Point and Bearing
looking back at Canyon Point and Bearing

My hope was to get 4 or 5 peaks out of the day, but again daylight is a limiting factor this time of year.  One thing for sure, it was important to get back to Pinto Valley by dark.  This is a complex area and you wouldn’t want to be route-finding in the maze of hills and canyons after dark.

Boulder Peak - 3004'

I descended the north side of West Boulder and hiked east through some valleys to get to a west ridge of Boulder Peak.  This ridge went nicely and I avoided a craggy section by traversing along the left side.

looking back at West Boulder
looking back at West Boulder

It’s hard to say exactly where the summit is located, but I traversed over it on the way to a benchmark further south.  There was also a concrete memorial, but it seems more like some people just wanted to leave their names permanently on a mountain top, “Walt+Lavern 71 Scott+Gina”.  I did find a paper register which was nice, because the other 3 peaks hadn’t had one.


Muddy Mountains in the distance and Harlan peaks right of center
Muddy Mountains in the distance and Harlan peaks right of center
Bonelli
Bonelli
Guardian
Guardian
Arch
Arch
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Wilson and Canyon Point
Wilson and Canyon Point
Arch
Arch
Pyramid and Booth's Pinnacle
Pyramid and Booth's Pinnacle
Cathedral and Virgin far distant
Cathedral and Virgin far distant
Bearing and West Boulder
Bearing and West Boulder

On the way back to Pinto Valley, I was tempted to explore “Harlan Peak”, but decided against it for two reasons.  A) it has less than 300 feet of prominence B) there are two separate peaks of nearly equal height with the same summit contour.  The guidebook has the western one as the peak, but everything I had seen indicated that the eastern one is higher.  A potentially time-consuming hassle.  There might be enough light left to climb one, but certainly not both.  Any way that I thought about it, it was an unattractive prospect.  The urge was nagging me despite this, but I managed to let it go and pass by them.

The Sentinel
The Sentinel
Harlan peaks, ArcGIS has the east one as higher
Harlan peaks, ArcGIS has the east one as higher
Pinto Ridge and valley
Pinto Ridge and valley

I kept my eyes open for the Pinto Valley petroglyphs, but only saw the same ones which I had found before, and those are not very old.  John Morrow is the master at finding them and I’ll have to ask him about it before my next trip to this area.  Returned to the car before pitch dark and didn't use the headlamp in the morning or evening.  Roughly 4.5k gain and 21+ miles.

modern petroglyphs
modern petroglyphs
The Sentinel
The Sentinel
last light on Canyon Point
last light on Canyon Point

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PostMon Dec 31, 2018 4:35 pm 
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Nice, that's some determination getting all those peaks in one go like that. Cool shot of the Muddy Mountains and Harlan Peaks too.

As always, thanks for taking the time to document your trips. You're creating a great resource both here and on your peakbagger.com page that will be very valuable to anyone who wants to follow in your footsteps. I'm sure I'll use your info if I ever head south. Keep the TRs coming!
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