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Hellsgate Tumacacori mtns, AZ
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Hellsgate Tumacacori mtns, AZ 
Hellsgate Tumacacori mtns, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 24 2012
RedRoxx44
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Anything named Hellsgate has to be scenic in some way. Must be like Ash Creek. Wanted a short hike and the only thing I could find on this were some not inspiring pictures and a nice write up thru the Green Valley Hiking Club. The road to Corral Nuevo is a little over 2 miles by my odometer from the turn off to Sycamore Canyon off the Ruby road. It is in very good shape as of this writing. The Murphy fire burned thru here but most of the oaks are still in good shape and things are coming back.

The canyon is fun and very pretty. The geology is wild. This would be a great place after the rains really get going. There was a good sized stagnant and deep pool in a narrow section with a use trail that takes you about 80 feet up and good views down in. In this area there is a lot of old cable and an iron pipeline that runs an impressive length of this canyon.
The Hellsgate itself is slick rock bottomed at the start with some really pretty walls, and some tiny pools courtesy of the monsoon rain the previous day. Another pour off and pool. Then colorful rock walls, and rising lichen covered rock spires. An alcove had some use signs, old and new. I would see no one this trip, and the use trail had a lot of deer sign on it. There was increasing cloud cover and the humidity was soaring. I saw a big owl, got a feather, and caught a small snake that peed/pooped on my hand, making it smell really bad, like rotten meat. I had to wash my hand several times, scrubbing vigorously. The snake was cool with a pale gray green upper and a bright orange belly, both solid, with a red hood behind its head. Hope the pics come out.

I wandered on a little past then back. A loop can be made in this area but this was just a reconnaissance for me. Would be way cool with more water. Pretty good as it is.
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