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Oak Spring Canyon - Tonto BasinPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Sep 07 2012
chumley
Canyoneering2.20 Miles 543 AEG
Canyoneering2.20 Miles   3 Hrs   20 Mns   0.66 mph
543 ft AEG
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
II - Normally requires a half day
 
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Got frustrated sitting at my desk looking out my window and watching it rain all morning. Ten minute break on the landing outside didn't fix the problem. About five phone calls later I decided that I wasn't going to accomplish anything today anyway. Walked into my boss's office and interrupted his viewing of the US Open on ESPN3.com (really, was he going to deny my request?) and more or less announced that I was going to leave and play in the rain.

Met Jon a bit later in Fountain Hills, and we headed for Tonto Basin. I knew nothing about Oak Spring Canyon. Never read the description, not a triplog, not a photo, not a glance at a map. Nothing. Made for a little bit of an adventure.

In the end, Mt. Ord had only gotten .24" of rain and subsequently, there wasn't much going on in the canyon. There was a nice trickle of water over the main falls, but otherwise it was mostly just a very cool hike in a nice remote canyon. I'll definitely head back here for spring runoff or after a more substantial (maybe 2+"?) monsoon storm.

Despite a little disappointment in the lack of flow in the canyon, it was an enjoyable hike, and was 1000x better than sitting in my office surfing HAZ while pretending to work all afternoon!
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