For example, Google Maps lists Hayes Peak as Sierra Estrella High Point and does not name any other peak. Andy started out by climbing up 5′ to the left on a shelf (very exposed), then around the corner to the right and out of sight, on to another shelf which he hollered back to me was “really nice and wide”. Pitch #1: The start of this pitch is a dark, cheerless place. The pitches are shown. From here, he brought me up. Pitch #4: Once again in the shade, and wearing all my layers of clothing, I sat down and belayed Andy. I panicked for a moment, because I knew if the cramp turned into a full-fledged world-class cramp like I sometimes get, the climb would be over for me. Finish next to the Montezuma Courtyard Fountain. Another place that seems to get its fair share of sightings is over the Estrella Mountains. Sometimes, the snow level can drop near 2,000 ft (610 m), but depends if the precipitation reaches the mountain range. Here are a couple of photos that show Montezuma’s Head from some different angles. After a short while, he shouted down to me that he had found a route that would go. At 4:00 am on December 10, 2009 Andy arrived at my home in Tucson (after having driven directly down from Phoenix) and we immediately left in my old 1987 Toyota 4WD pickup. This is a nice big flattish spot on which you can move around easily, avoiding the west face about ten feet away. Finally, he hollered out that I was on belay. Here’s a view looking back up at the peak, taken early in the day. I don’t know how, but I got loose and climbed farther up, and the cramp passed. The second on the rope, by contrast, spends a lot of time just sitting there, paying out the rope, often unable to see or hear the leader. A total of 50 minutes had passed since we completed the 2nd pitch. This leaves  about 350 vertical feet to the summit. Montezuma is located at (39.792172, -87.370328); it lies along the Wabash River on the western border of Parke County, where U.S. Route 36 crosses the river Most of the town is in Reserve Township, but the south edge extends into Wabash Township.. The hours passed, and we arrived back at the truck at 8:48 PM. Montezuma Mountains, Gila Indian Reservation, Arizona. Visit the Bread Museum. I had just bought a new headlamp, which had a useable range of over 100 meters, so with it, we negotiated our way down through the brush and small cliffs below the yellow band. We walked across the flat desert at a bearing of 102 degrees. Sierra Estrella Mountain Range, Arizona. If you needed it, there is a 2-bolt rappel station on a medium-sized ledge about 25′ above the start of the first pitch. He walked south about 20′ on easy ground, then scrambled up easy Class 2 about 10′ to a small boulder, around which he put a sling to belay me. The summit is not flat – it is a rounded dome, but there is plenty of room to unrope and safely walk around. For me, it wasn’t easy at all. Much of the range falls within the Gila River Indian Reservation, but 14,400 acres (5,800 ha) of BLM land is protected as the Sierra Estrella … We only needed a few minutes to get packed up and we left the truck at 6:38 am. This is a comfortable 0.4 mile route. From the saddle, there is about 600 vertical feet of climbing to the 3,634′ summit. The Estrella Mountains are certainly a treasure in themselves but there's a story that more monetary wealth is hidden inside. The arid Sierra Estrella Mountain Range south of Phoenix, Arizona can be a dangerous trek for even the most experienced hiker, as the jagged peaks provide no water along its few rarely used trails. The Sierra Estrella (O'odham: Komaḍk, Maricopa: Vii Lyxa, Yavapai: Wi:kchasa) is a mountain range located southwest of Phoenix, Arizona. This cache is known as the Lost Treasure of Telegraph Pass and is also supposed to be near Montezuma’s Head. Montezuma – miejscowość w stanie Kolorado, w hrabstwie Summit; Montezuma – miasto w stanie Georgia, w hrabstwie Macon; Montezuma – miejscowość w stanie Indiana, w hrabstwie Parke; Montezuma – miasto w … Butterfly Mountain rises 2,600 feet above the desert plain to an elevation of 4,119 feet in only two miles. Man, that’d scare the bejeezus out of me if I were up there at that moment. The trail is easily spotted at the base of the mountain. He tied in to a large boulder near the west face of the mountain. The first few feet of this pitch were up steep but fairly good rock, Class 4, up to an old pin with a hanger, at maybe 12′ off the ground. Please remove or replace such wording and instead of making proclamations about a subject's importance, use facts and attribution to demonstrate that importance. Montezuma’s Head Map to Montazuma’s Head southwest of Phoenix, AZ. We also left here extra food and water. Once the skies cleared next morning, snow covered the Estrella's mountain tops. We and our partners process personal data such as IP Address, Unique ID, browsing data for: Use precise geolocation data | Actively scan device characteristics for identification.. However, what these mountains do offer, is a rich history and the promise of buried treasure. An important note about this pitch is as follows – it is mostly a horizontal traverse, and hard to protect – both leader and second need to be very careful. It was hard work, and I was impressed how easy Andy had made it look. Spoiler alert! Since all of our belay anchors were still in place, setting up each rappel was very quick. He said they strongly felt it up on the peak. The next I’d heard of Montezuma’s Head was when Dave Jurasevich led a group to it. He’d phoned his wife and asked her to bring his spare keys – a five-hour round trip from Tucson – which she did, just so he wouldn’t have to break in to his car to retrieve them. Somewhere in a cave in the Estrella Mountain Range sits 3,000 pounds of gold under a pile of bones. See the right-hand side of the pillar? The "trail" will end at Don Joaquin's Lost Spanish Mine. The park, exceeding 8000 ha. 35′ up, Andy put a sling around a natural pillar of rock, our second piece of protection. Andy led, of course, and I belayed him from a standing position. Face Mountain, a little difficult to see off into the sun, has a north peak and a south peak and the Montezuma Head. The holds were poor, the rock was loose and gritty and it was hard to protect. This took us to the start of the third pitch. The park offers multi-use trails including a competitive loop for running and mountain biking. Arizona Road & Recreation Atlas, p. 46-47. promotes the subject in a subjective manner, Learn how and when to remove this template message, The OLD SPANISH GOLD MINE in the SIERRA ESTRELLA MOUNTAINS, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sierra_Estrella&oldid=973759049, Mountain ranges of Maricopa County, Arizona, Bureau of Land Management areas in Arizona, Protected areas of Maricopa County, Arizona, Articles containing undetermined-language text, Pages using infobox mountain with deprecated parameters, Articles containing O'odham-language text, Articles containing Maricopa-language text, Articles containing Yavapai-language text, Articles with peacock terms from June 2010, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Hayes Peak, 4,512 feet (1,375 m), named in honor of, This page was last edited on 19 August 2020, at 02:29. Located in the middle of Portugal, the Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela is easy to access. The climb had taken us 14 hours 10 minutes. The Quartz Peak Trail takes you to the summit of the Sierra Estrella. A few months after our climb, our friend John Klein was climbing the peak with a partner. In the colonial era, they were part of the land claimed as New Spain. There is no trail and no obvious reason to hike to the peak since it isn't the highest point in the Sierra Estrellas. If you've been on the Gila River Indian Community, southwest of the Phoenix area, you have probably looked towards the Estrella Mountains looking for the face of Montezuma. It’s $74,400,000. [3] In 1853, the United States acquired the Estrellas from Mexico as part of the Gadsden purchase. It’s a fearsome-looking tower with a lot of vertical rock. By far the hardest part of this pitch was, for me, wiggling up into the chute. It is not well known or travelled but several treasure hunters have visited the site. This legend involving the name of Montezuma come to us from the nearby Sierra Estrella mountains where a large stash of gold is supposedly buried near a rock outcropping which resembles the heard of a Native American, in this case (Montezuma). Best Time of Year to Hike : Late September through the desert flower blooms of February and March. Which brings us to me. Oh yes, one final bit of trivia. - Check out Tripadvisor members' 3,029 candid photos and videos of Montezuma Heights Created using Magisto. At the time, I was working on a list of 1,000-foot-prominence peaks in Pima County, and this one was on the list. Rapping this pitch avoids the nasty chute, and there is a big overhang as well. The major peaks of the Sierra Estrella are (NW to SE): Hayes Peak, 4,512 feet (1,375 m), named in honor of Ira Hayes, US Marine hero of the Pima Nation; Montezuma Sleeping; Butterfly Mountain, 4,119 feet (1,255 m) Quartz Peak, 4,052 feet (1,235 m) (usually obscured by Butterfly Mountain when viewed from the east) I felt better already with that 4th pitch behind us. You do the math. We roped up. Once on belay, I moved up fairly quickly. Equestrian use is permitted. 6. The first story I’d heard of it was when an idiot climber I knew from Tucson had accidentally locked his keys in his car when he’d gone to climb it. At about 50′ up, he did the same with another of these pillars. He said “That’s it, we’re done!” Then I looked up – we weren’t done!!! Piódão near Serra da Estrela, Portugal. Once you have the summit in view, you can hold down the cursor and move it around to see a nice 3D view of the mountain. The sun never shines into the depths of this gully due to its location – it was something straight out of the depths of Mordor. They got part-way up the thing, but had to abort the climb as they were running out of daylight. I kept yelling out at Andy, asking how it was going, and he would patiently tell me that it was fine, that he was setting up a belay. Posted on March 7, 2015. by desertmountaineer. Estrella Mountain Regional park occupies 19,840 acres (8,030 ha) in the northern portion of the range. We hadn’t gone very far before it was totally dark. Rim of Christendom by Herbert E. Bolton. He then climbed up and around a corner and was out of sight once again. Anyway, once across the gap, I climbed up about 8′ (4th class) around a corner, on to the east face proper. Andy’s entry was there, from his 2001 climb with Dave. Andy’s headlamp died as we worked our way below the yellow band. Situated in the city of Seia, at the north slope of the national park, is a museum (“Museu do Pão”) (website is in Portuguese) dedicated to the traditions, history and art of Portuguese bread.Inside you will find four exhibition spaces and a restaurant serving all forms of Portuguese bread baked fresh in their bakery. It wouldn’t have paid for me to have been tied in to anything, as I had to be able to move around to dodge the rain of loose rock that Andy dislodged as he climbed (there was no help for this, as the rock was very rotten and crumbly in places). Then, it was an easy southerly traverse over to the saddle between Montezuma’s Head and its northern outlier. Take a gander at the left side – that’s the east face. North is of course at the top. Alternately, from Hwy 238, turn north onto the 4x4 track at the intersection with N. Rahma Street (by the Muslim Cemetery) and join onto Gasline Road heading towards Montezuma Head at the southern tip of the Sierra Estrella Mountains. Andy took up the slack (our rope was 70 meters, or about 230 feet long). The story says the treasure was placed into an iron pot and buried “in a level campsite with a small butte” not far from Telegraph Pass in the south end of the Estrella Mountains “below Montezuma’s Head”. I knew little about it. The previous ascent had been done in April of that year. Montezuma’s Head. We were both there by 4:45 PM. I told Andy that I had no intention of just climbing up this series of ledges unroped. From the saddle, you can complete your summit by continuing up the ridgeline and taking a small cleft to the top. Montezumas Head area: Area: Sierra Estrella Mountains: Mountain Range: Gila River Indian Reservation: Reservation: Pinal Co. County: Arizona: State: USA: Country And if you're like me, you've seen it many times. Montezuma Heights, Montezuma Picture: Estrella y Luna! There is a bolt there. Imagine a gully about 20 feet wide and about 20 feet deep – then stand it on end at an angle of 80 degrees, on the NNW side of the summit. Andy said that on a previous attempt, their party spent a lot of time route-finding, to try to find the start of the third pitch. After a while, I faintly heard Andy shout down that I was on belay. Pitch #2: We simply left the sling (at least a 15′ sling is needed here) around Andy’s boulder from which he had belayed me. 31, T3S, R2E, about 2¼ miles SW of Montezumas Head, on Indian Reservation land. On his return from the Colorado River in March 1699, Kino climbed a pass through the Sierra Estrellas and saw the Río Salado and Río Verde that he drew on his maps. Thanks to Andy for the use of his photos in this piece. Andy had clipped into a pin there, to make me feel better. At about 20′ above me, Andy had to wiggle into a nasty chute in the deepest part of the gully. You’d think he could’ve made more of an effort to get inside the vehicle. We quickly gathered up gear, Andy put on his hiking boots and we hurried down to the saddle. p. 422, Handbook to Arizona, by Richard J. Hinton, "Don Joaquin and his Gold Mine," in Lost Mines and Buried Treasures along the Old Frontier by John D. Mitchell, p. 27-31. Please visit our Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Desert-Mountaineer/192730747542690, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Desert-Mountaineer/192730747542690. In his story of Don Joaquin's lost treasure he describes an extensive mine and a stone house in the heart of the Estrellas. I have blogged about the Phoenix Lights and the abduction of Travis Walton in the White Mountains. It looked like the mountain was only climbed every one or two years (I thought it would be more often). We arrived at the top of the first pitch at 5:00 PM. Andy put on his rock shoes. It was quick work up to the start of the chute, 20 feet up. We climbed up the rocky divide for a bit, then used some ledges and slabs to get through a section of Class 2-3, then walked up an inclined but non-technical section of open ground, arriving at the base of the climb proper. It was pretty hard to hear him from there. I still felt nervous about getting all the way back down to more level ground, and I was concerned about being benighted on the mountain. I clipped in and waited for Andy as he walked down to me, unroped – I wish I had his level of comfort in exposed places like that. Share your story using the free video editing app that transforms your photos and videos with the swipe of your finger. Canyon Station robbery. He did a great job in this crux part of the pitch, with some nice stemming moves. I think Andy wanted to stay on top a while longer, but he could see I was nervous and he kindly agreed to start back down. Forty-eight thousand ounces at January 2020 gold prices of $1,550USD per ounce. It was hidden in 1870. This first one was taken from Peak 3650, two miles to the east. The leader on a climb like this is always busy, with lots to do and lots of responsibility. Montezuma's Revenge T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13 Northwest Chimney Route, The T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13 Ricardo Cabeza T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 Just for fun, to see how steep this side of the mountain is, log on to Google Earth and go to these coordinates: 32 degrees   06′ 53.20″ North      112 degrees  42′ 21.89″ West. Looking north from the summit in the soft afternoon light. He finally lucked out and was able to extract somewhere around 3,000 pounds of gold. Jun 26, 2013 - Sierra Estrella Mountains Quartz Peak, Montezuma Peak and Seven Mile Mountain Wikimedia commons user: We tied in, and at 3:30 I walked down the ledges to the bottom of our “fifth pitch” to the 2-bolt anchor. We tied in and away went Andy. Head north from the breezeway as if you were going to the Public Safety building. 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