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Tonto Trail: Boucher Trail to South Bass TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Mar 17 2011
Vaporman
Backpack47.00 Miles 6,000 AEG
Backpack47.00 Miles4 Days         
6,000 ft AEG
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Woohoo! I've now hiked every section of the Tonto trail and etc from Royal Arch to LCR. :y:

I've been thinking about hitting this rugged Gem Route for some time now and knew to finish the Tonto I'd eventually have to put it behind me. Not the most adventurous, exhilirating or breathtaking section of the Tonto, but there was still loads of great views, perfect weather, good company, and it all went down without any issues. Definitely not a back way to spend 4 days of backpacking. :D Good water in about half the drainages with the best tasting being from Boucher creek. There was a light threat of rain but nothing manifested itself and good thing because I went without a tent to save weight. We started from the South Bass TH with about 2 gallons each making my pack weight a rediculous 50 pounds. :o With our heavy packs, we carefully made our down the scenic South Bass to the junction and headed east on the Tonto for our first night at Ruby Canyon with 15 miles under our belts. :sweat: In between Bass & Serpentine canyons, we met a rugged older gal who was soloing the whole thing back and forth who informed us that there was good water in most of the canyons and we all dropped a half to a full gallon of water each. :lol: Good thing too, because like I guessed from the Paria and LCR gauges, the Colorado River was a ragging flow of chocolate milk. ;) We found some good sites in Ruby Canyon and slept well that first night... The next morning we slept in a bit and got a late start, but we only intended to hike a relaxed 10 miles that second day. That afternoon, we rolled into Turquoise Creek were we refilled on water, I took a much needed bath, and chillaxed by the creek for a couple hours. :DANCE: Full on water, we found a campsite with sweeping views on the ridge between Sapphire & Agate canyon so we could soak in the evening canyon views under a full moon while playing a few camp games. :) By Day 3, the routine of going in & out of canyons was getting a lil old but we again only had about 10 miles before reaching our next camping spot and the perennial Boucher Creek. We rolled into there by early afternoon and took a quick nap before we venutured out to explore up & down Boucher Canyon. Four of us went down to Boucher Rapids and managed to get there just in time to see some hardcore rafters going thru them. :o Back in camp, we played some more dice games, I kept my chess board in my pack after getting whooped a few times already :? , and got our gear ready for the hike out before retiring early. On Day 4, we woke up early & ate a hearty breakfast before slowly climbing our way up the steep Boucher trail. :sweat: Scott & I were deemed the faster, ones so we got the keys to go drive back to the South Bass TH to pick up the other vehicle. Todd got an early start and was waiting for us at the Dripping Springs junction and talked us into going out that trail instead of the Waldron trail since none of us had yet to hike up that trail yet. The lower section of rather scenic & exposed but the upper section goes up a brushy drainage where we topped out around noon and then we had a 3 mile roadwalk to get back to the Jeep left at the Waldron TH. :sweat: The drive to pick up the truck at South Bass TH took us 2-2.5 hours and we got stopped once to pay the $25 Havasupai fee. Another great section of the Tonto, but I doubt any of us will be rushing out to do it again any time soon. ;)
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