Pyrite Summit
March 4, 2019

Pyrite Summit is on the far end of the ridge, as I start the hike

Getting closer but still about a mile away

Now coming up the Pyrite Trail from the south, with switchbacks etched into the slopes

A pretty section of trail. No, that's not the summit up ahead

Summit ridge, the highest point is to the left

I had to carefully walk through a dangerous patch of cholla cactus

A colorful desert garden of saguaro, barrel and cholla cactus, with a big ocotillo and smaller brittlebush and (probably) scorpionweed

The start of the spur to the top

Hiking the trail near the top

The top

Close-up of the signpost and four balanced rocks

Looking south at the White Benchmark hill

View to the northeast: Barry Goldwater Peak has the tower (left) and in the gunsight is Cat Hill, which I hiked about three weeks ago

Northwest view of the top, plus Black Butte in the far left distance, and Vulture Peak in the far right

View of the Pyrite Summit Ridge from the washes below to the east


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