Buckeye Hills Highpoint & Gillespie Dam Overlook
January 2, 2022

Buckeye Hills Highpoint Peak in the middle, as we start the hike

Closer in

Look at the east ridge we'd be hiking

A cactus pow-wow

Approacing the ridge

Look up, the white cliff outcrop would be the crux of the climb

The white cliff. We angled left and steeply up the rocks on its left margin. Once above, we had about a thirty-foot knife edge to get across

Summit! Southwest, Woolsey Peak

Southeast view, the canyon we came up

Northeast view

Northwest, the steam plumes at the Palo Verde Nuclear Energy station

Look down at the east ridge and its obstacles

The knife edge bit awaits us

Buckeye Hills HP as we exit

Peak 1253, Gillespie Dam Overlook

The slope we ascended

Volcanic rocks to the top

Summit, view northeast, the Buckeye Hills, but the highpoint may be hidden

North, that's Powers Butte

Northwest, Saddle Mountain, Palo Verde Hills and the Palo Verde Nuclear station

Woolsey Peak again

Look down at the Gila River

The Gillespie Truss Bridge on old US-80, and the Gillespie Dam

A cool bird! An egret, I think


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