Mileage - 6.72
Time - 2:19
AEG - 1432ft
There's a small peak just North of town off of I-17 that's been taunting Matt and I for years. It's one of those things you keep telling yourself you are going to do and never actually do it. A little research determined we needed permits, as this particular hike is within state trust land. So on Friday I drove downtown and purchased the required annual pass from the Arizona State Land Department to legally allow us to summit Daisy Mountain.
I then looked at the directions to the trailhead one last time, and something seemed odd about the location of what we thought was Daisy Mountain. I checked a topographic map of the area and as it turns out, that little mountain was actually Gavilan Peak! Once again, it eluded us. Since we had the permits, the real Daisy Mountain turned out to be a close second, so we went for it. The trail begins in open desert, which then led us up an old jeep road for a mile to a nice trail on the Western slope of the mountain. It continued to climb steadily another 1.7 miles to one of three easily accessible peaks. From the summit, we determined a loop could be made down the North slope, so off we went in a counter-clockwise direction. In less than 2.5 hours we were back at the car and excited to have found another great peak-hike so close to town. It also gave us an opportunity to scout out the elusive Gavilan Peak.
Daisy Mountain Summit (Left of center, 3,163ft)
Ben, Matt, & Boone at the first peak