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Dripping Springs from PeraltaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 21 2012
WilliamnWendi
Hiking14.10 Miles 1,800 AEG
Hiking14.10 Miles   8 Hrs      2.01 mph
1,800 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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For us this is still a high mileage hike and as such this was a pretty easy hike. We made it to the TH at 8:00 which is an hour earlier than our usual 9:00. We've decided that from now on we are going to give ourselves a little more buffer to lessen the chance of coming back in the dark.

The Coffee Flat trail was amazing from the start at the Dutchman and even more so as it approaches Reeds Water Tanks. There are two windmills which caught me off guard, both have a lot of character and make great photo-ops. The tanks themselves were dry but the creek had a decent flow, nothing you couldn't step over but enough to filter water if needed. I did bring my filter but the day was such that I didn't even consume enough to bother with refilling.

The trail gets a little ambiguous where it cuts east up Randolph Canyon and the trail almost pulls you towards Buzzards Roost without noticing intersection. For me though even though I didn't really see the trail at first, the canyons walls were so beautiful that nothing was going to stop me from going up to check it out. Luckily that it just so happened that that was in fact the trail.

We had already seen cattle grazing on few of the hills on the way in but during one of the many creek crossings we spotted 4 cattle on the opposite bank. They looked nervous, then we heard another group of hikers coming down the canyon. Not wanting to drive the cattle back at this other group we just paused and let things unfold. The group was probably 15 mostly 20 somethings with one older guy, pretty boisterous, I am assuming a class of some sort. The cattle finally broke loudly up a wash enough so that the other group finally took notice and we could hear their excitement. All of us ended up crossing the creek at the same time and exchange our version of events.

Not too much further we finally hit Dripping Springs. Pretty cool to watch the water drip from the rock. We didn't eat lunch in the immediate vicinity. Judging by the variety of bones this was already someone's favorite place to eat. Looked like a little bit of javelina and some deer had been on the menu recently.

Wendi and I placed bets on how long it would take us to get back to the TH. She guessed 5:00 and I guessed 4:30, looser bought dinner. I won. I have never had Jimmy Johns so that was my reward. Pretty good though I am not sure mayonnaise belongs on the Italian sub. On Capicola?

Other than cows all we saw were a couple of cardinals, and either blue jay or a steller.
Awesome hike! I noticed a few Ocotilla forests that got my attention. Might take a closer look in those areas when I come back for my Buzzards Roost recon.
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Buzzards Roost Dripping Spring

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Dripping as Dripping Springs should. No pooling, but filterable water at a decent flow in the creek.
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