This originally planned 6 day/5 night Camp G/H vehicle camping and hike exploration trip to the Sitgreaves NF (ECC Canyon- East side) was originally conceived back in May'15 when Oregon Hiker and I did a first time visit to a remote, less visited section of East Clear Creek Canyon (on the Coconino NF- West side).. see [ description ]
Originally there were ~five of us who were considering this trip to the Sitgreaves NF (ECC Canyon- East side), but as sometimes happens, other plans including some very unstable weather conditions for this trip period caused me to be the only one fully committed and even I needed to exit one day early (after five days) due to so much wetness at my to presently remain obscure 6250ft location campsite.
I do believe that this ECC section and campsite area was probably the most remote that I have ever camped in AZ to date.. I did not see another vehicle or person the whole five days I was exploring this immediate area.. but strangely enough I did have Verizon texting capability on my smartphone which allowed me to communicate some and came in very handy when needing HAZ-ssk44 (Eric) to feed me the latest NWS Area Forecasts
This is an area of East Clear Creek Canyon that one does not
want to risk being alone, injured in or disappearing in, so me being alone and somewhat unfamiliar with the area other than what I had previously viewed/drawn via HAZ-MapDEX/Route Mgr and had downloaded in my GPSr, I needed to be extra careful and was. I had three important exploratory hikes on my agenda that I really wanted to accomplish this trip and I did so within my first three full days:
..Hamilton Crossing Trail #623 - Sitgreaves NF;
..Explore an old 1900's Ranching Homestead with a still standing three room cabin & interesting outside history;
..Hike Explore down/up an ancient Indian Rock Route/Path?? or
Ranching Route?? down to ECC Canyon, then explore some in both directions within the ECC Canyon Drainage; (From our May'15- [ photo ]
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Another overall interesting, successful, and rewarding adventure to a new area for me with another to be planned exploratory visit fully justified. Also, a bunch of rough, rocky, Grasshopper driving miles to & from.