I started walking at Smoothing Iron as the road beyond it was in pretty bad shape requiring beefy tires and good clearance. I would not take a stock SUV up that road. Total round trip distance was 14 miles. The day was overcast and fairly cool (50s) for this time of the year.
Maple Peak is pretty far off the radar for
most AZ hikers, but it has showed up on the prominence
lists. Hiked in Snare Canyon. Shared summit with a
buzzing rattler while storm clouds loomed to
the west - did not linger long.
Hot, brushy, sticky, bear-y... but I made it.