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Indian Camp Canyon, AZ
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Indian Camp Canyon, AZ 
Indian Camp Canyon, AZ
 
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We car camped near where the road crossed near the Indian Camp Tank. It got pretty chilly, very nice. Morning sun and I sprang into action, coaxed by Brian. He had hiked this canyon as part of a reconnaissance of this area the previous weekend. He knows what I like photographically and recommended I come down the slickrock head down to where the road crosses a second time before JR Ranch. He would drive down and hike up and meet me at the confluence with Cataract canyon which we wanted to go up a little. The day before we had looked off a point down into the deepest part of Indian Camp, with it's slickrock and pools and could see the slickrock theme twisting out of sight in Cataract.
This little canyon is charming, gorgeous and about as easy a hike you will ever find without a trail in the Sierra Ancha. The canyon is about 70 percent slickrock, and pockmarked with many mostly shallow pools. The canyon politely drops with small easily negotiated sheets of rocks with a few boulders. It's a slickrock, water, camera fan paradise. Very pretty colors. Nice vegetation. Interesting as it changes from shallow to deeper. Cataract was smaller and nice but we did not go far. Below Cataract is an easy scrambling section with great lichen covered pinnacles and of course more bigger pools. We were going to go to the confluence where we had been before but I hyperextended my neck in a slip on a boulder and was feeling dizzy and off balance for a while. Or normal, as Brian would put it. I feel fine now but at that time boulder hopping was not what I needed to be doing, which is what the lower part was.
A bit of an uphill road slog to the car and then the drive out. Another great weekend in the Sierra Ancha.
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