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Whetrock Canyon LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 17 2012
CannondaleKid
Hiking7.20 Miles 1,522 AEG
Hiking7.20 Miles   4 Hrs   41 Mns   1.90 mph
1,522 ft AEG      54 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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1st trip
After the beating Tracey took on our White Canyon Promontory hike last week she wanted something a bit less challenging featuring an actual trail. Maybe a hike in the Supes but somewhere we hadn't hiked before. We'd never hiked west from Woodbury TH so figured that might be a good place to start. Then scanning the trails and GPS routes of the area the lines got a bit blurred and we settled for Whetrock Canyon loop... only a 6+ mile loop hike.

Now if she had read the description or any of the triplogs, I'm sure she would have put the kibosh on that real quick-like. But, she didn't, so who was I to say anything. [-(
But in truth, neither the drive up nor the hike were anything like what I read in the triplogs.

Even with the Cherokee being over a foot longer than a Wrangler and a 6" longer wheelbase, with a little extra care choosing the line we made it up FR1928 fine. Ok, so Tracey was ready to bail out a few times, but it really wasn't that bad... I didn't use either front or rear locker.
Note: The road is FR1928, not FR192B as designated in some triplogs.

As far as the trail conditions... yes there was plenty of thorny brush and cats-claw, but with no beaten path other than game trails it was just a matter of careful route selection to stay out of it. Neither of us got so much as a scratch from brush, and the only scrape Tracey got was from falling down when a rock turned over as she stepped on it.

The mine areas were interesting but we spent the most time taking photos at the remains of the old New Modern Dairy truck body hung up in the wash below the mines. With no frame who knows the how and why of it being there. From there we traversed across the slope for a while before dropping to canyon floor where we stayed for most of the hike while in Whetrock Canyon. The closer we got to Coffee Flat Trail, the more the terrain looked like White Canyon, Tracey's nemesis of last week. So once we turned onto the Coffee Flat Trail it was clear sailing for us. Most of the time when the trail left the wash we kept to the wash to avoid the somewhat overgrown thorny areas.

The road segment from JF Ranch to the gates above Woodbury TH went the smoothest of course, but it was just the beginning of our climb way back up to where we began. From the gates it was cross-country loosely following what may have been a road possibly 75 years ago crossing a fence line back and forth a number of times to avoid steep drops. So when we came over the last hill and saw the Cherokee below us, boy did that feel good.

And now the drive back down... a little more care was required on two deeply rutted turns than on the uphill but the only drama was how tight Tracey held onto the oh :pk: ! strap.

Overall though, it was a great hike and we took tons of photos. I cut it down to to the 50 I posted here on HAZ with the full set on my website as usual.
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