The Mountains of Arizona •
Peak 2065 • Hieroglyphic Mountains
• City of Peoria
• Maricopa County

Peak 2065 is to the right

A tad closer now

At the saddle below the top

View north from top

Prince Benchmark hill

Montage, more views along the hike, plus a likely mine claim corner cairn

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Date: September 9, 2022 • Elevation: 2,056 feet • Prominence: 305 feet • Distance: 1.8 miles • Time: 1 hour • Gain: 385 feet • Conditions: Humid out the yingyang


Peak 2065 rises north of the new Vistancia housing developments in Peoria. I was here about four weeks ago when I climbed the nearby Twin Buttes North Peak. I came back this morning with plans to hike this peak and nearby Prince Benchmark, which would garner me two ranked peaks in about 3 miles of hiking. That was the plan.

Over the night a storm moved through, the eastern fringes of Tropical Storm Kay that hit mainly northern Baja and Southern California. It did not rain hard here, just a steady shower for about three hours. This meant the temperatures would be lower, lows in the mid 70s, highs in the mid 90s. I chose these two hills because they were close, I knew the area after my first visit, and they involved roads and paths, no cross-country travel. It's still snake season.

I was up early, timing my drive so I arrived in the area about 6:30, which worked out. The skies had cleared, mostly, just a few cloud banks on the horizons. Last night was a full moon and I enjoyed watching it set in the west.

I drove through the main Vistancia development, then over the CAP Canal, where all the new building is going on. I found a place to park on a cul-de-sac in an area of newly-built but still uninhabited houses. I got things together and started walking about 6:45 a.m..

The humidity knocked me flat almost immediately. The air temperature was about 78 degrees. It wasn't cold nor hot. Normally, 78 is lovely. But the dewpoint was probably 77 and I could feel it. It felt like I was enveloped in a warm mushy stifling vat of steam. It felt like I was east of the Rockies.

I had to bypass the construction guys (who are working hard on an early Saturday morning). I dipped into an arroyo that went around their work area, then up and down some low rises and in minutes, I came upon an old eroded track. There are a few that snake up the hillside. The area was the old White Peak Mine, and I even found a cool mine claim corner cairn (see image). What else could it be?

I followed the track uphill. It would merge in with other tracks but it didn't matter. As long as it went uphill, it worked. I moved quickly, and sweated profusely. I was soon where the road crests a saddle. I found a side track and followed it uphill to the top. Along the way I heard a grunt and looked up to see a javelina scampering uphill from me. I was on top about 25 minutes after starting.

Views weren't bad. I had good light for photos. There was low cloudiness and ground fog in some directions. Fog is extremely rare in Phoenix. In my 30 years here, I think it's been foggy maybe three times. And usually like this, when a storm happens then the air temperature shoots up to where the air temperature and dewpoint are about the same. Yuck.

I hiked back down to the saddle and called it. It was just too humid to continue on. I had water and probably would have been fine, but frankly, I was hating things. I was completely soaked through, and it was warming now. I can always come back another day. This isn't that far from my domicile. I was happy with this one peak. It's not much but I got a workout.

I retuned to Tempe the same way, no reason to vary things. I gave in and ran my car's AC for the drive home. I usually don't use the AC when it's dry outside, but when it's as humid like it was today, I blasted it and it felt damn good. I was home by 9 a.m..

(c) 2022 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. WHA