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Casa Grande

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Offline Albany

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Casa Grande
« on: November 09, 2014, 02:51:54 PM »
Climbed Casa Grande today from the Lost Mine Trail. It took me one hour for the climb from the trail and 35 minutes for the descent. I am a fast hiker so other people's times may vary. The path was easy to follow. Staying right is good if any split in the path is found. About halfway, a trail turns hard right and descends steeply. This appears to go back to the trailhead. I built a small cairn so I would go the correct way on the return. Once on the steep section, there are paths on the right side of the scree that split but always come back together. I did not notice any drop offs as previously posted.
Awesome views from the top. I wandered around and got pics from every angle. Views from the top of Lost Mine Trail were great too.

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Offline mule ears

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Re: Casa Grande
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2014, 03:52:07 PM »
Sounds like you are having a good time.  Thanks for the details on the route and looking forward to some pictures.











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Offline steelfrog

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Re: Casa Grande
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2014, 07:55:17 PM »
Yep. Your direct route has a name, Casa Grande Direct. Last time the girls and I went down it took 20 minutes.

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Offline Imre

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Re: Casa Grande
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2014, 07:51:18 PM »
Thanks for sharing. I haven't been to the top of Casa Grande for a long time. But I remember patch of pure clay soil along the way - barely damp and yet unbelievably slippery. Any rough spots like that? And did you use hiking poles?
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Offline steelfrog

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Re: Casa Grande
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2014, 09:22:53 PM »
The way up is very straightforward. You can take CG Direct up which is around market 4 on LM trail. Or you can take the long way around by the Juniprr overlook. If you go that way bear right until the big talus slope then take a hard left straight up.

Poles are invaluable going down

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Offline Albany

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Re: Casa Grande
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2014, 06:08:39 PM »
No rough spots along the way. Everything was dry.

I only use one pole, at times. I've been blessed with good knees. Today I climbed Guadeloupe Peak with no pole. On Casa Grande I used one.

So the direct route starts at marker 4. That explains the split in the path that I mentioned. It looks very steep. I liked the path from marker 7. It follows a ridge.

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Offline RichardM

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Re: Casa Grande
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2014, 10:05:14 PM »
Once upon a time, the NPS folks would discourage people from taking the "direct route", as it causes a lot more erosion. Not sure they're willing to voice an opinion these days.

 


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