Keystone Peak Hike
As many know, I live at the base of the Catalinas but they are off limits, perhaps until early November because of the fire. Also off the board is the Superstition Mountains. There is a mountain range to the southwest called the Sierittas. Never visited but did some research and discovered there is a way to Keystone Peak, the high point. Following directions, I eventually get on McGee Road and park at this water tank.
Don't block this entry nor go through it in your vehicle. The McGee family allows access to hikers so park (probably 4 vehicles max could fit) and begin your hike.
Soon, you pass the family cemetery on the right. I counted at least 25 grave sites. You will pass several intersections so it's a good idea to have a gps route to follow to avoid the confusion of guessing which direction to go.
The entirety of the route follows a wonderfully groomed, dirt road. In place, it is quite steep.
Eventually, I reached a turn that gave me a view of the peak, except it was not, just a hill that aligned perfectly with a more distant peak.
I passed an old mining camp. This being only about 20 miles from the Mexican border, I wasn't overly curious to look inside. This area is remote so I'd recommend having a hiking buddy for the effort.
Looking back, the road is very easy to follow and so after about 4.3 miles I.....
....reach the peak on which there are several....
....antennas and similar structures. I read a hike report where someone claimed he met a member of the McGee family up here and he said it was ok to climb "their" antenna to the platform for an even better view. I looked at that and decided....no.
What's that?!?!? A cloudburst in the distance, slightly right of center. Would rather not get caught in that so....
....headed down. To reiterate, there are several places where the way to go is kind of confusing so download the track of the internet, via the Hikearizona site.
Some cows watch me as I pass, finishing with 8.7 miles and 1560' of climbing.
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