Peaks 1922 & 1845 • Dreamy Draw Area • Phoenix Mountains Preserve
• Maricopa County


Peak 1845 as I start the hike
 

View east at Piestewa Peak from the top of Peak 1922
 

Another view of Peak 1845
 

Now looking over at Shaw Butte
 

Why, that is Stoney Mountain
 

Peak 1845, now from down low as I hike toward it
 

Getting close to the top
 

From 1845's top, looking south. The sky was blotted out with dust
 

Peak 1922 from 1845's summit
 

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Date: October 21, 2017 • Elevation: 1,922 feet & 1,845 feet • Prominence: 302 feet & 345 feet, respectively • Distance: 3 miles • Time: 90 minutes • Gain: 930 feet • Conditions: Warm and very hazy with dust

These are two hills in the Phoenix Mountains west of Piestewa Peak and south of Stoney Mountain. Peak 1922 lies immediately west of the AZ-51 freeway, and Peak 1845 is about a mile to the west. Both are accessible from the Dreamy Draw trailhead off of Northern Avenue. Neither peak has an official name.

I was here in January to hike Stoney Mountain, and came back today for these two bumps. I was looking for some exercise, and these two peaks together would entail about 3 miles of hiking and 900 feet of gain, so it would be a decent workout. Today was warm, and very dusty. It had been windy the past few days, so the sky was full of hazy dust.

I did some morning errands then drove to the Dreamy Draw trailhead. I got my things in order and started hiking a little after noon. This was sigificant, my first hike here in months that did not require an early-morning start to beat the heat. Today's high was only supposed to be in the low 80s. It felt like the mid 70s when I started.

I followed Trail 100 underneath the AZ-51 Freeway, then to a junction. Officially, Trail 100 goes left, but an equally-good trail goes right, meeting again near a saddle on the north side of Peak 1922. That was my destination. I chose to go left, since the trail gets high on Peak 1922's south slopes, and I surmised there may be a hiker's path somewhere here. No such luck. So I continued on Trail 100, losing about 50 feet, then following it to the aforementioned saddle.

I didn't see any beaten paths here either, so I went in anyway, walking along loose slopes of shard-like rock fragments. I weaved through some low rock outcrops, then angled a little to the west and grunted up a steep slope of this fragmented scree. Fortunately, there were enough rocks and brush to grab onto or step on for good footing. Soon, I was below the summit rocks.

I found a slope that looked promising and followed it up, and soon, there was the top. The gain from the saddle was just over 300 feet, and while steep, sloppy and loose, I never needed hands to scramble. I stayed up top for about 5 minutes, snapping images of the surrounding peaks in heavy dust, plus enjoying the sounds of nature such as traffic on the 51.

The hike down went slow, but I scooted down without any events. I decided to descend a little more to the west, meeting Trail 100 well below the saddle. I took it slow, often had to walk with a very wide gait, but never once needed hands to clamber, just for balance.

Now, I was heading to Peak 1845. I followed all sorts of trails in the basin between the two peaks, all seemingly merging into one that surmounts a small saddle up ahead. Just below this saddle, a side trail branches and gains to the ridge, and from here, the trail continues up steep slopes to gain the top of Peak 1845. I was happy to have the trail for this segment.

My break up here was short, time to take a few photos and drink water. It was pleasant, but I was eager to get back to the walking, so I started down. I retraced my steps and hiked back to my car, the round trip for both peaks taking about 90 minutes.

Yeah, these aren't the greatest peaks ever, but they make for a good workout and the crowds aren't thick at all, especially on Peak 1845. I enjoyed the time outdoors.

(c) 2017 Scott Surgent. For entertainment purposes only. This report is not meant to replace maps, compass, gps and other common sense hiking/navigation items. Neither I nor the webhost can be held responsible for unfortunate situations that may arise based on these trip reports. Conditions (physical and legal) change over time! Some of these hikes are major mountaineering or backpacking endeavors that require skill, proper gear, proper fitness and general experience.