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2005-12-29
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Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking Dec 29 2005
AZLOT69
Hiking7.20 Miles 710 AEG
Hiking7.20 Miles   5 Hrs      1.44 mph
710 ft AEG
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A GREAT END OF THE YEAR HIKE AND I'VE WANTED TO DO THIS ONE FOR A WHILE. COMMON SENSE, routefinding AND A GPS PROVED HELPFUL ON THIS TRIP. ONCE YOU LEAVE THE DUTCHMAN TRAIL SOUTH IN FIRST WATER CREEK THE TRAIL BECOMES OBSCURE WITH FEW CAIRNS TO ENCOURAGE. IF THIS HIKE IS ON YOUR WISH LIST , NOW IS THE TIME. AS beautiful AS IT WOULD BE IN WET WEATHER I DOUBT IT COULD BE ACCOMPLISHED WITH WATER IN THE CREEKS. THERE IS SOME bouldering AND THE SHOULDERS OF THE CREEK ARE OVERGROWN WITH VEGETATION. THE "RAVINE" YOU ARE LOOKING FOR AS AN EXIT FROM THE CREEK TO THE SOUTH EAST IS EASILY MISSED BUT AS YOU GAIN ALTITUDE AND PROCEED IN A MORE SOUTHWEST DIRECTION-LOOK BACK AND YOU WILL SEE THE "RAVINE" AND PASS TO THE EAST WHERE YOU SHOULD BE. THE "TRAIL" PICKS UP A FEW CAIRNS AS IT descends INTO A CANYON. THE "TRAIL" BASICALLY follows THE WASH DOWN THE CANYON WITH SOME DEEP POOLING OF WATER IN AREAS. I'M SURE AT THIS POINT I MISSED THE DESIGNATED TRAIL, I'LL FIGURE IT OUT WHEN I RETURN BUT PROCEEDED ON TO BOULDER CREEK AND CAUGHT THE DUTCHMANS TRAIL TO THE NORTH TAKING A BREAK AT PARKER PASS AND THEN THE HOME STRETCH BACK TO FIRST WATER TH. A GREAT DAY IN THE SUPES WITH A FEW SCARS TO SHOW FOR IT FROM THE OCCASIONAL CAT CLAW. SAW NO ONE WHILE AWAY FROM THE DUTCHMANS TRAIL
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It's best for a man to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open his mouth and remove all doubt.
--Mark Twain

Warning: heat kills!
Avoid 8am to 5pm over 90 degrees. Prehydrate & stay hydrated.
Avoid Heat Illness - do NOT hike when temps exceed 100 degrees, period.
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