rally_toad wrote: ↑
Mar 05 2018 9:57 pm
Thank you! I appreciate this!
Anyone who has insight into the situation at Cremation Creek would be appreciated. I can carry half my weight in water, but don't want to if there is not a need!
If no water at the Grapevine crossing, look upstream a ways - always water there (really cool exploring up-canyon OR down-canyon @ GV - worthy of a layover day) . Lonetree - in this case the water (if none at the crossing) is downstream about 10-15 minutes, creek right - actually not IN the stream-bed but out of it a few yards.
Cremation almost never 'flows' - but the west arm,about 4-5 minutes downstream often holds water in the granite tanks. Unless a eastbounder bothers to look down in there and tells you, though it is tough to know in advance. In March, though I would say chances are good. If hauling becomes necessary, it's merely 4 mi. or less from Lonetree to Cremation. Camps at Cremation are of the hardship variety iMO. In cooler weather and wind-permitting, consider camping up on the Tonto to gather late and early sun.
If the Rim is calling your name you can shave about 1/2 hour, and the cluster at the tip-off by angling up to the SK from WB Tonto, about 2/3 mile before the tip-off. The route is obvious, but no trail as-such. igallery/image_page.php?id=4590