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Galiuros Powers' Hill, AZ
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Galiuros Powers' Hill, AZ  
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Mileage is an estimate. Drove into my favorite access Power Hill with a repeat of the West Divide in mind. The sight of so much snow on high put a damper on that. I had dealt with snow trekking on the East Divide earlier this year and was not anxious to do that again.
I car camped and started down the old wagon road built by the Powers. The roar of running water reached me from below. Sure enough lots of runoff from rain/snow melt. Soon, it became obvious after I wasted a lot of time it was impossible to keep feet dry. Really beautiful though as this mountain range is normally pretty dry. I cruised up Pipestem to intersect this end of the West Divide ( about 5.4 miles from PH TH). The snow was spotty but at times almost to my knees in spots. This trail is hard enough normally to find at times so I said forget it. Took a use trail back out of the saddle north to summit Maverick Peak. Tricky without yaktrax, I sat down several times. Excellent views esp to the north along the range.
I decided to camp and do some sidecanyon and spring locating off Pipestem. Some beautiful waterfalls in pinkish rock. Less water than the main canyon of Rattlesnake. It was so cold my boots froze solid and I had to make a small fire to warm them enough to mold them to put on next day.
I did some bushwaking, made some notes, and came on out, deciding to not go the short 3 miles to the Garden.
Some nice 4 wheeling out, managed to break two leafs in my rear leaf springs on Jeep and have my muffler fall off. Picked that up, made some ear plugs and got it back to Tucson. Muffler is fixed, working on that suspension.
Good times, special place.
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"We don't care about aesthetics" --forest service representative, re: Oak Fire, Galiuro
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