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Isis - Cheops Saddle Route
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7 Days Wandering Around in the Big Ditch, AZ 
7 Days Wandering Around in the Big Ditch, AZ
Backpack Apr 09 2011
Backpack65.00 Miles 14,000 AEG
Backpack65.00 Miles7 Days         
14,000 ft AEG40 LBS Pack
1st trip
Bright Angel to Indian Garden - Plateau Point - Tonto Trail from Indian Garden to Cremation - to South Kaibob Trail and down to Phantom - Utah Flats - Haunted Canyon - Upper Phantom - Climbing Exit to Isis-Shiva - Down Trinity - Trinity West Arm - Trinity to Isis-Cheops - Utah Flats to Phantom - out Bright Angel Trail.

Since almost all of these trails are not on HAZ yet, I will probably end up writing a few pages on some of these areas. It was an interesting way to spend 7 days, in which I went 5 days without seeing a soul. Some parts were better than expected, others went as planned, and some were a bit of a let down. But to get away from everything for a week and not have to think about much other than the basics was a refresher I needed.

This trip is fairly remote and a few parts of this trip are a bit dangerous. I'd recommend that this type of trip only be considered by people who have a good deal of experience under their belt. This covers about all terrain between class 1 and class 4 YDS.
Wildflowers Observation Light

Burro Spring Dripping Dripping
Swampy area. There was water, but I wouldn't call it filterable.

Haunted Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
I estimated 4800 gpm, the flow was incredible and powerful from where it emerged. Even at its very source, it was a bit turbid, probably because the flow was so powerful.

Hippie Spring North Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Seeping out from under a rock to the north of the creek, I'd estimate about 2 gpm.

Hippie Spring South Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Wow, this spring rivals fossil creek, it was pumping out crystal clear, great tasting water at a thousand gpm.

Pipe Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Creek flowing @ Tonto intersection about a 10 gpm

Trinity Seep Quart per minute Quart per minute
Water was seeping out at a decent rate in several spots here, but it tasted awful even though it was very clear and sand filtered. I'd suggest you bring some type of gatorade mix or something similar to mask the taste.

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