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PostSat Jan 26, 2019 10:04 pm 
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A couple mos. back I took my group up Grapevine Mtn., located near Scissors Xing in ABDSP.  I was in between Tucson trips & wanted to knock this one out so I'd have my notes for a future article, not knowing of course when I'd finally get around to writing it.  Thankfully there are no real deadlines when it comes to the articles & the peeps are understanding about delays.  wink.gif

We approached the peak via the PCT, as I had a few yrs. ago.  This SW approach is much easier than "the Schad route" & the main reason I signed up to write the article - so peeps would know that they didn't have to suffer going up the long & steep NE ridge.    doh.gif 

We parked @ the big dirt lot @ the peak's southern base, by Scissors Xing, & made our way up the slope to pick up the PCT & head north.

@ the TH
@ the TH
Parking area below @ Scissors Xing
Parking area below @ Scissors Xing

When the PCT makes a big swing inward to a prominent canyon, we left the trail & headed up.  There's a couple of dry falls to overcome, but nothing difficult.  up.gif

Biggest dry fall
Biggest dry fall

We steadily climbed  up the wash, which steepened as we approached a saddle between false summits.

Getting higher up the wash
Getting higher up the wash
Looking back down where we came up
Looking back down where we came up
Steeper now
Steeper now
Almost made it up to the top of the wash
Almost made it up to the top of the wash

We reached the saddle, whereupon we found the remains of a deer, & a lone hiker coming down.  I was surprised to find anyone else on this route but apparently he knew of this easier way as well.  winksmile.gif

Dead head
Dead head
On the ridge & Grapevine is in sight!
On the ridge & Grapevine is in sight!
Almost there
Almost there

From the saddle we traversed to get on the summit ridge proper, then picked our way up to the top.  Sadly, the vegetation hadn't really recovered from a fire several yrs. ago.  frown.gif

BM
BM
Summit register
Summit register
Summit views
Summit views
Summit views
Summit views
Summit views
Summit views
Summit views
Summit views
Atop Grapevine Mtn.
Atop Grapevine Mtn.
Summit pano
Summit pano
Summit pano
Summit pano
Granite Mtn. as seen from atop Grapevine Mtn.
Granite Mtn. as seen from atop Grapevine Mtn.
Summit selfie
Summit selfie

After a nice rest @ the summit, we headed back down more or less the same way.  wink.gif

Heading down the ridge
Heading down the ridge
Back in the wash
Back in the wash
Going down the 20' fall
Going down the 20' fall
Dane & Pamela coming down the biggest of the dry falls
Dane & Pamela coming down the biggest of the dry falls
Looking back @ the turn off from the PCT
Looking back @ the turn off from the PCT
Stats
Stats
Rt.
Rt.

Post-hike margs:

Post-hike margs
Post-hike margs

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