Lake Pleasant Peak 2765 • Lake Pleasant Hills
• Highpoint: City of Peoria


Hiking up to Peak 2765
 

And just like that, we're here. Andy, me, Sarah
 

View of Whiskey Spring Head as we descend Peak 2765
 

Another view of Whiskey Spring Head
 

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Date: February 23, 2014 • Elevation: 2,765 feet • Prominence: 525 feet • Distance: 1.5 miles • Time: 2 hours • Gain: 500 feet • Conditions: Warm with high clouds • Teammates: Andy Martin, Sarah Marton & John Mitchler

Andy Martin, his wife Sarah, and John Mitchler, along with yours truly, met to climb the highest points in the city of Phoenix (Whiskey Spring Head, which we just climbed), and Peak 2765, which is nearby and the highest point in the City of Peoria. Both peaks are located in the hills east of Lake Pleasant.

When we returned to Andy's truck after hiking Whiskey Spring Head, Andy discovered his truck's battery had died. Instead of panicking, we simply left it alone and set out to hike Peak 2765. In the intervening time, maybe it would juice itself back up.

We walked downhill to a distinct rock outcrop that rises about 30 feet. On its other side, a road crests at a saddle, immediately below Peak 2765ís northeast flank. We found an old fence line and a rough, but open, path that generally paralleled the fence. This path allowed for easy, unfettered passage, and we were very happy to discover it led almost all the way up to Peak 2765ís top. In fact, it ended at a higher saddle, less than 100 vertical feet below the top.

That last hundred vertical feet was up open slopes of basalt rock with some brushy sections. Soon, we were on top this hill, and located the summit rocks. Johnís sight-level confirmed which rocks were the top. We brought a register and built a tiny cairn here, then relaxed again and enjoy the views.


Peak 2765 to the left, surrounding hills and slopes nearby

The views were just as we had on top of Peak 2866, nice in all directions. We spent about 15 minutes up here, then began the trek down, retracing our steps back to Andyís truck. Andy was able to get the engine to turn over, saving us the need to hike down to my truck, bash it up to the saddle, jump him, then bash back downwards.

All four of us rode in the truck, me in the back. The road was very rough, filled with large rocks, embedded bedrock, and ruts. The drive down took about 15 minutes, and I was happy to be down and out of the back, as I was starting to get a major case of motion sickness otherwise.

John then drove with me back to his vehicle, then the three of us drove back to where 67th Avenue meets with New River Road. We stopped to say our goodbyes. It had been a productive day, getting two little, yet interesting, peaks. We may be the first to knowingly hike the highest points of Phoenix and Peoria.

I donít think Whiskey Spring Head is going to see the hordes of hikers like on Camelback. Itís even possible there may be a new Phoenix highpoint in the future. The city limits extend about one more mile north. However, beyond that is another peak, Sweat Peak, at 2872 feet elevation. Should Phoenix absorb that land, then that would be the new highpoint. Phoenix could conceivably incorporate Anthem and Daisy Mountain, but I sense that is very unlikely. For now, Peak 2866 is the city highpoint, in all its anonymous glory. Peak 2765 is even more anonymous. It seems likely to remain Peoria's highpoint for years to come, but I doubt it sees more than a few people a year on top of it.

One last thing: the "range" to which these hills belong to is uncertain. The Hieroglyphic Mountains surround Lake Pleasant to the west. However, the Agua Fria River, which is dammed to create Lake Pleasant, splits the range, so that the Hieroglyphics are to the west of the river. I could find no names for the range east of the river. If I had to guess, I'd assume the east side hills to be part of the Hieroglyphic Mountains as well.

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