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Yankee Joe Canyon, AZ
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39 by photographer avatarRedRoxx44
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Yankee Joe Canyon, AZ 
Yankee Joe Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 22 2012
RedRoxx44
Hiking6.00 Miles
Hiking6.00 Miles
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Brian and I got a later start than usual even for us---I am the early one, he is the late one. We stupidly only printed out a map for the main area. After all we'd been out here before, in 2009 several times and Brian many more times than I. We took a wrong turn and wandered around before figuring it out. We drove down the road toward Clay Spring a short distance and picked a saddle to park in going down into Yankee Joe Canyon opposite a sidecanyon with a nice spring and still colorful cottonwood in it. The upper part of this canyon is a breeze, a few large boulders at our confluence but easily walked around. Water comes and goes, must be some good spring action as cottonwoods come and go and one area of large sycamores. Lots of black sand, made me wish I knew how to do gold panning.
Pretty rocks here as usual. A mile or more down we thought we saw a trail high above and indeed it may be one. We stopped to eat and then around the corner the "business" began. The canyon slotted up and dropped. Pools to get around a few swimmers or deep waders. One spot I almost got taken out by an arm of a small saguaro that chose to fall off on the hillside above me as I was doing a rock slab traverse over a pool for sure over my head.
Brian yelled and I froze; the main part stopped above me with smaller parts falling ahead of me.
Nothing we saw was technical, but to keep dry is a bit of work on the water polished rock, with one high go round on rotten loose stuff than had several hand holds break off on me.
And I tore a hole in the seat of my jeans.
It was really pretty here, so unexpected in the walk down of the upper wash which had us just strolling.
Finally it was getting late, Brian stemmed a pool I couldn't do and looked down canyon. We could see the white ledge here, it has crossed the Salt and this canyon would go thru it as the Clay Spring Canyon does we hiked down in 2009. A go round looked doable here too but I was not motivated to get back in the dark. We reversed, and got to the car in late light. We drove on down the road to an excellent car camp--50 feet of walking got me an aerial view of the 4 bars, a bit of river and the long lower bottom of BlackJack canyon. To be continued---
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