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White CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 26 2011
CannondaleKid
Hiking7.50 Miles 2,245 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   8 Hrs   27 Mns   1.80 mph
2,245 ft AEG   4 Hrs   17 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
 
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We started hiking up White Canyon fully planning to follow a long ravine to the west to connect with the Arizona Trail #16 and make a loop hike out of it. But by getting side-tracked catching a Javelina on video we (I... mea culpa) managed to miss the sharp turn to follow the correct ravine. Instead we went up the widest and most obvious one instead. Although we made it over halfway across, the ravine we were in rose to a ridge with too steep a slope down to the correct ravine that we turned back. Instead of following the same ravine back we attempted to stay as close to the correct one in the hopes we might find a way down soon enough to have time to complete the loop. Unfortunately the soonest we could safely do that was too late in the day, especially not knowing if we'd reach a road-block somewhere up the ravine.

Ok, so we wouldn't complete the loop today, at least we could check out some places of interest on our hike back out. As we came by a reasonably wide drainage coming down from the plateau between White Canyon and the Arizona Trail I decided to see if it was a reasonable path up. Tracey already was feeling beat so I took off on a 25-minute side-trip to check it out. Once I got past the thick brush at the bottom it was pretty easy going. I continued up as far as a huge boulder in the middle of a large bowl. I climbed the boulder for a better look and was treated to just a hint of what this interior plateau had in store. And of course this meant another trip wasn't far behind to check it out further. I headed back down the same drainage and we hit the trail... boulder-hopping all the way back to the car, already making plans for a trip up into the "heart" of the White Canyon Wilderness.

I edited and posted a couple videos taken on this hike:
The first is of a grizzled old veteran Javelina that sauntered past us, totally oblivious to our presence. (Unfortunately the best part wasn't on video because the camera was on the wrong setting... so I used Tracey's video)
http://www.changephoenix.com/11/V2011-11-26Javelina.html
Tarantula we met along the way.
http://www.changephoenix.com/11/V2011-11-26Tarantula.html
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