Verde River Trail #11, AZ
2012-04-1411 by
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking27.20 Miles   9 Hrs       3.26 mph
3,633 ft AEG      40 Mns Break  
No Routes
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I parked at the Horseshoe with my mountain bike and rode it over to the Sheep Bridge.

I hiked the Verde River trail. There's been trail maintence done since the last time I was here. What's interesting is that the maintenance stopped at the county border (right by the Wet Bottom wash).

Soon after I hit the Wet Bottom intersection. I took the Verde trail to the Verde river. True to the Mazatal style, as soon as the trail dropped into a wash, the cairins and the trail disappeared. I used my GPS's to try to locate the trail. I could see a corral accross the river on top of a hill. I had to fight my way through some dense bamboo to get to the river. I didn't hit a good crossing spot. I turned around and headed back to the Wet Bottom trail.

I took the Wet Bottom trail to the Highwater trail and had lunch.
After lunch I went down a little further down the Highwater and the Wet Bottom trails before heading back to the Sheep Bridge.

On the way back I could see the landing strip accross the Verde. I also did a little bit of the Willow Spring trail so I could maybe get a better view of the snow capped mountains to the East.

The temps were very cool during the majority of the day. The sun poked out so a little bit around 5. It also drizzle of and on for a portion of the day. The Verde river trail may be faint in spots, but there's cairns every 100 feet or so.

I got to use my new bike light on the ride back to the dam. It's alot brighter than my flashlight.It's as bright as a cars headlight.

I don't think I'll mountain bike and hike in the same day. There's to much logistics doing both and it also just too tiring.
And they'll tell you black is really white
The moon is just the sun at night

It's Heaven and Hell
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