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Bronco Trail #245Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Backpack avatar Dec 28 2010
nonot
Backpack31.70 Miles 6,450 AEG
Backpack31.70 Miles3 Days         
6,450 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Dead horse on Bronco Trail, Dead cow on Cottonwood Trail.

Very little water out there right now. Almost aborted the trip due to lack of finding a good water source until fairly late the first day. Ultimately found 3 good sources in total the entire trip.

The indian fortress is great. The east half of the Skull Mesa trail is terrible. Cottonwood #247 is kinda boring without water or flowers. China wall was interesting. Jacks spring was in good shape. This area will likely be much nicer in the spring with both these missing factors.


Ran into a man who worked the ranches in the area at the end, he gave me a bunch of info about sites less seen. Will have to return someday!
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Flora
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated

dry Cottonwood Spring Dry Dry
Found a flowing puddle that surfaces right where #247 drops into Cottonwood Wash. It disappears into the sand a foot later. Please note it was not found where this Cottonwood Springs is located. So I am marking this spring as dry. The only water at this location was stagnant and unfilterable.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Cottonwood Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Light trickle, a little silty and full of leaves.

dry Head of Cottonwood Spring Dry Dry
No water seen in the creek, perhaps I did not go up far enough...

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Jack Springs Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Decent flow, heavy signs of cattle use in area though.
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