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Gila River Canyons - AZT #16, AZ
2011-01-0815 by
 
Globe, AZ
 
Hiking21.60 Miles   8 Hrs   56 Mns    2.42 mph
3,900 ft AEG   
1st Trip Logged
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azdesertfather
joe bartels
Tortoise Hiker
2011 and back on the AZ trail with the Funky bunch.

After some startup problems w/ finding the Northern TH to drop off the Floatin' Focus, we started the trek at the Gila River and were on the Trail....

Oops... We started on AZT #15 and were going the wrong way... I guess it's going to be one of those kinds of days... OK so now we are on #16 and heading west. Most of the first 2 miles were on the RR Tracks. We got to the RR Bridge that crosses the Gila, took some pictures and continued down the tracks....

Dooh... we missed the turn off from the tracks. It's back before you even get to the Bridge. It's no small wonder we missed that one, there really was no trail that cut off the tracks. We wandered back following the loaded Sredfield Track (Thanks!) and after a bit of bushwhacking, were on a very nice, well defined, smooth track for most of the remainder of the day.

This was another section I really enjoyed. The first 8 miles yielded some sweet views of the Gila River in the valley.

Coming through a narrow, rough, rocky canyon, we met the Clint Eastwood of off-roaders. We heard a rumble ahead of us and were surprised to be greeted by two Rock-hoppers. The lead vehicle slowed down a bit and I mentioned to him that they wouldn't get much farther in this canyon. We'd just walked through it and there surely was no way an off road vehicle could get through that. He took a bite off his Jerky and said(insert calm drawn out Clint Eastwood voice and pull off his cigar here) "Oh really",...... You should see what's behind us. we took a few shots and continued on. Holly Crap Batman! There were 5' tall boulders and a 10'drop in one spot that these boys went through! Needless to say, we never saw them again, so they did make it through.

This was another section of the AZ Trail that I don't quite understand why they designed this way. The Northern TH (at least where the AZT Site says Way point is) is in the middle of nowhere. Why they didn't make the TH back by the road is beyond me.

Since our goal is to dayhike the AZ Trail, section by section, from South to North, we ended up hiking the 4 miles to "The TH" and walking the 4 miles back to where the Focus was waiting for us.

Thanks guys for another adventure...

Denny... Thanks for the Yummy meal in Superior!!!

Looking forward to the next section
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