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by wildwesthikes
Oct 08 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: Needles Water Conditions - Canyonlands
Replies: 5
Views: 665

Re: Needles Water Conditions - Canyonlands

@stevebo
Yeah I'm on the fence. What is nice about Needles is lots of loop options. I like the idea of going out to Chesler where it's always dry, get water at Druid and end up at Lost canyon near the end where there' also bound to be something resembling water.
by wildwesthikes
Oct 08 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: Needles Water Conditions - Canyonlands
Replies: 5
Views: 665

Re: Needles Water Conditions - Canyonlands

@stevebo This is actually great info thanks! Surprisingly I am going to end up in Needles the 3rd week of October. I was bouncing around between Bryce Canyon (park shuttle service ends for the season), Capitol Reef (carry all your water for days) and Canyonlands (same story, but at least I know the...
by wildwesthikes
Oct 07 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Amphitheater TH, Santa Rita Mts
Replies: 6
Views: 456

Re: Amphitheater TH, Santa Rita Mts

I think that map must be a form of hiking comedy.
by wildwesthikes
Sep 24 2019 7:25 am
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: Secret Canyon - Sedona - Water Guidance Requested
Replies: 0
Views: 105

Secret Canyon - Sedona - Water Guidance Requested

Hello! I am prepared to enter the Red Rock Secret Canyon Wilderness with 10 liters of water on my back for 3 days for a 40 lb pack. But I would prefer to not have to do the ultra-heavy thing. Water reports from the north of Sedona area in late Sept. / early October are scarce at best or non-existent...
by wildwesthikes
Sep 23 2019 7:22 am
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: Woodbury Fire - Superstition Wilderness
Replies: 211
Views: 12987

Re: Woodbury Fire - Superstition Wilderness

I was at LaBarge Spring a couple days ago. There is a bit of undercutting going on along the wall of the high bank immediately below the spring, indicating that floods have swept the area recently. I could distinctly smell what can only be described as "wet ash" when walking across the drainage, acc...
by wildwesthikes
Sep 16 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: Needles Water Conditions - Canyonlands
Replies: 5
Views: 665

Re: Needles Water Conditions - Canyonlands

I was there the 2nd week of September in 2018. No water except for a fouled hole in the bottom of Lost Canyon, which we filtered from and topped up to about 15 liters per person. The rangers knew ahead of time that this would be the only place to find water, except maybe near Druid Arch, which we ne...
by wildwesthikes
Sep 09 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Hydration & Purification
Topic: Water filters/purifiers
Replies: 151
Views: 13366

Re: Water filters/purifiers

@mttgilbert RE: suggestions on lighter purifier... From my other post in this thread: "If I am in an area with exceedingly poor water sources - highly polluted with say human pathogens - which hasn't actually happened on any of my trips yet, I have something called a Survivor Filter I got off Amazo...
by wildwesthikes
Sep 09 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Hydration & Purification
Topic: Water filters/purifiers
Replies: 151
Views: 13366

Re: Water filters/purifiers

@AZClaimjumper As I go backpacking 2-3x per month I am of course filtering water frequently. It's been an interesting ride over some time, tried a few systems out. Sawyer Squeeze (the original largest 3oz version) coupled with a 3 liter CNOC Vecto dirty water bag has won out and stayed with me for ...
by wildwesthikes
Sep 05 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: Woodbury Fire - Superstition Wilderness
Replies: 211
Views: 12987

Re: Woodbury Fire - Superstition Wilderness

@wallyfrack
6am and not a second sooner.
by wildwesthikes
Aug 31 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: GCNP Backpack Trip Questionzzzz
Replies: 8
Views: 336

Re: GCNP Backpack Trip Questionzzzz

@BPAFree I would advise a tent for sure. You can only hang above the rim. Hanging on vegetation below the rim is against park rules. Anyway, the only place you could hang below the rim is in the developed campsites anyway - there's not a lot in the way of trees down there. If I were you I would che...
by wildwesthikes
Aug 08 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: Hart Fire - Mogollon Rim Ranger District
Replies: 3
Views: 407

Re: Hart Fire - Mogollon Rim Ranger District

Please excuse my ignorance, but this means all of the cabin loop (excluding FR95 @ bear canyon) is open again then, correct?
by wildwesthikes
Aug 08 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Footwear & Trekking Poles
Topic: What kind of mileage are you getting
Replies: 53
Views: 3624

Re: What kind of mileage are you getting

I get about 450 miles out of Altra Lone Peak trail runners before they are toast - which I hear is normal. I am certain that the "real" hiking shoes I've owned - usually either Merrell Moab Vents or Oboz Sawtooths could have lasted at least double that if I had not thrown them off the mountain befor...
by wildwesthikes
Aug 02 2019 8:31 am
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: Woodbury Fire - Superstition Wilderness
Replies: 211
Views: 12987

Re: Woodbury Fire - Superstition Wilderness

@chumley
I'd definitely like to be a fly on the wall when a big post fire flood rolls through LaBarge. What a sight that would be!
by wildwesthikes
Aug 02 2019 6:09 am
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: Woodbury Fire - Superstition Wilderness
Replies: 211
Views: 12987

Re: Woodbury Fire - Superstition Wilderness

The Woodbury Fire closure boundary has been updated as of 7/30/2019: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd646574.pdf https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd646573.pdf These trails are now open: * Peralta Tr. * Terrapin Tr. * Black Mesa Tr. * 2nd Water Tr. * Bluff Spring...
by wildwesthikes
Jul 26 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: Cabin Loop - U-Bar now closed. 2-day backpack alternatives?
Replies: 9
Views: 748

Re: Cabin Loop - U-Bar now closed. 2-day backpack alternatives?

Sounds like it'll be closed for a while. Well this weekend a friend and I are doing a short, more camping oriented backpack from Babe Haught to Knoll Lake and back - starting from the Hatchery TH. A good overnight route of about 14 miles, you could do a loop of Babe Haught to the lake, camp - and th...
by wildwesthikes
Jul 22 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: AZT Hiking
Topic: Fall NOBO?
Replies: 2
Views: 437

Re: Fall NOBO?

Hi there. Not a thru hiker myself but I do a lot of backpacking in southern AZ year round. You will be fine weather-wise in the northern high elevation areas in October/November. The issue will be heat & lack of water in the desert/low elevation passages. Basically it's desert from Passages 1-25; Oc...
by wildwesthikes
Jul 18 2019 9:07 am
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: Woodbury Fire - Superstition Wilderness
Replies: 211
Views: 12987

Re: Woodbury Fire - Superstition Wilderness

@chumley
That makes more sense. I had a suspicion that was what was going on - thanks for the detailed explanation!
by wildwesthikes
Jul 18 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: Woodbury Fire - Superstition Wilderness
Replies: 211
Views: 12987

Re: Woodbury Fire - Superstition Wilderness

If you drive up AZ 87 toward Payson you'll see the closure warnings for SR 88 at Hwy 188. My guess it will be the end of August before the closures lift. I have been a bit chagrined at the lack of website updates from the FS. For example - same trip up north to Payson last Friday the Coconino Forest...

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