Black Hills - AZT #14, AZ
2012-01-0915 by
Globe, AZ
Backpack29.10 Miles3 Days          
4,099 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break44 LBS Pack 
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Did this as a 3 day/2 night backpack with friend Tom. It really is a nice trip on the recently rerouted trail with great views as much of the trail follows ridges. While there was some elevation gain, it was via a gradual grade. We didn't see any animals other than cows but were seranaded by the coyotes several times during the nights.

Day 1: After lunch at the pizza place in Oracle we hiked north from the Tiger Mine Trailhead. It was up & down through several washes. We came across a small group of cattle who just go straight up and down the hills and always seemed to be ahead of us even after we'd pass them. They are in better shape than I am. We camped about .25 miles north of the Pipeline Rd in an elevated area the cows hadn't discovered yet. 6.27 miles and 858' aeg.

Day 2: On this day we followed the rerouted section of trail in this passage. It is a great reroute. The climbing was gradual, the views were super in many directions, and the weather was cool. We refilled our water at Mountainview Tank and had a leisurely lunch break. I had thought the afternoon would be mostly downhill, but I was wrong. We did eventually drop down into Camp Grant Wash where we originally planned to camp. Since we still had some time, we decided to go further so that there would be less mileage and elevation gain on the last day. We camped about 1.25 miles beyond the wash at a flat area by the trail. 12.64 miles and 1,625' aeg.

Day 3: We got an early start for us and kept up a steady pace. Beehive well had water but we didn't need to replenish our supply. We started climbing from here, hiked through a number of washes, around Antelope Peak, and reached farm roads where we could make better time. 10.19 miles and 1,616' aeg.

We went back to Tiger Mine TH to retrieve my car and had lunch in the Mexican restaurant in Oracle. It was a great trip and we're planning our next one.
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