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Verde River Trail #11 to Red Creek, AZ
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Verde River Trail #11 to Red Creek, AZ 
Verde River Trail #11 to Red Creek, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2013
joebartels
Hiking17.50 Miles 2,770 AEG
Hiking17.50 Miles   9 Hrs   20 Mns   2.28 mph
2,770 ft AEG   1 Hour   40 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Verde Blur II - Fine Whine

Last year on Jan 21st we hiked the middle third of #11. I got a little over an hours sleep. Lost my favorite jacket since high school. The Verde was flowing at 238 cfm near Tangle Creek.

Today we hiked the southern third. I went in without any sleep. The river looked and sounded meaner. Turns out only a couple more drops in the bucket at 256 cfm. The bridge is cool.

#11 travels very well and is easy to follow to Wet Bottom Creek. Only slightly brushy and a hint of route finding to Wet Bottom Trail #269. About 3.1 miles into our hike we went out on a soft ridge peninsula overlooking the Verde. Very cool on the perch. My second favorite area is the last mile to #269. The textures and colors of the twisted terrain was enjoyable in my book. The entire hike was nice.

The return trip included a half mile exploring alongside the river to Wet Bottom Creek. We lunched next to the babbling creek merging into the silent giant. Next it was off to lichen rock. An enormous dinosaur sized green beast with saguaros dancing around it's domain. Then to a narrow canyon that quickly took us back to #11. The rest was a painful sleepless blur. Bruce has sworn the entire area off due to the drive. I'll return someday to check out those faint western Mazzie trails, preferably with a wink of shuteye under the belt.

Not a single wildflower observed.

Next week the needle goes on the LP record...
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Spring Wash Wet Bottom Creek

dry Spring Wash Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Sycamore Creek Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
pool to pool trickle

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Verde River at Tangle Creek Medium flow Medium flow
256 cfm (last year on Jan 21st was 238 cfm)

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Wet Bottom Creek Medium flow Medium flow
good flow
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