Monday, December 26, 2011

Mount Ajo Peak

Mount Ajo Peak - Hike
Organ Pipe Cactus NM
Ajo, Arizona
Mileage - 9M
Time - 4:30
AEG - 2800ft

Winter weather in Arizona creates the opportunity to explore areas south of Phoenix that would otherwise be too hot during the summer months. The ongoing search to discover new places (and summit a mountain in the process) continued this weekend a mere five miles from the Mexico border. Matt, Ryan, Justin, Bob, and myself made the long haul down south for a challenging, yet scenic hike through a very pristine desert environment.

Mount Ajo Peak (pronounced Ahh-ho), is the 33rd most prominent peak in the state, and awaited our arrival the day after Christmas. At 4,808ft above sea level, the mountain is rather impressive in stature, and gains it's prominence by towering over the surrounding Sonoran Desert. The real draw here is the plant life, particularly the Organ Pipe Cactus, with the largest concentration in the United States found only in this region. The conditions in the park are ideal for cacti, we saw some of the tallest Saguaros and Cholla outside of Saguaro National Park in Tucson.

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