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Waterfall Canyon Loop, AZ
2011-07-118 by
Waterfall Canyon Loop, AZ  
Hiking7.00 Miles   7 Hrs   7 Mns    2.18 mph
1,500 ft AEG   3 Hrs   54 Mns Break10 LBS Pack 
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Set out on the Waterfall trail just before 5am and headed above the falls. The following hour and a half was spent rock hopping and pushing though catclaw and other exciting plants of the thorny persuasion. We came to our first major obstacle where the canyon (Dripping Springs Canyon at this point) bends to the south. It was some boulder climbing that I made extremely difficult, and after 15 minutes of standing still we were back on our way.

Once at the fork in the wash, we headed left into Yellow Bull Canyon. Knowing there was a 200+ft rock wall ahead of us, I figured that would be our dead-end and we would climb out of the canyon, but of course, we headed up just along the side it. I made it to a bit of a big step and stood there for what felt like a good 20 minutes. Finally built up the courage to take the step which turned out to be pretty easy. The views at the top of the wall were pretty nice - Radio Summit to the back, and the canyon to the front. Killed some more time up there. Before heading to what I refer to as "The Goat Thumb," we headed a short ways down the end of the wash to look down the cliff that we were just looking up at. Awesome!

About 10 minutes of light bushwhacking put us right behind Goat Thumb (the large and prominent outcrop on the north side of Goat Canyon). There are 3 or 4 peaks west of it that get gradually smaller. I made it about half way up the second one and gave up. The Thumb will have to wait until I can get rid of my fear of heights, exposure, shoe grip, and all of those other factors that ruin my climbing opportunities. Wishing it were winter, we slipped our way down into Goat Canyon where we met up with the trail. Took that to Bajada trail, then hopped on the main road to begin our final mile and a half in those refreshing 100 degree temps with virtually no remaining water. :sweat:
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