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Boucher TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Mar 15 2013
nonot
Backpack43.20 Miles 2,290 AEG
Backpack43.20 Miles5 Days         
2,290 ft AEG40.8 LBS Pack
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We left the bus to Hermit's rest at about 9:30 AM and headed down the Hermit, finding excellent trail conditions. Quickly we were onto the dripping springs trail, which had some icy sections and hadn't been pruned yet this year. Onto the Boucher trail, which was the one official trail I had yet to complete to the river on the south side. The contouring to Yuma Point took longer than expected, though it was not that physically difficult. We checked out the potholes and found some nice campsite options, but continued on, scaring up a dozen mule deer soon afterwards. The route down through the Supai in Travertine Canyon is perhaps the most interesting trail routing I've seen yet, and was a victim of the big rain/snowstorm in sections, as some of the more critical portions of the trail are now pretty sketchy and missing important parts, making it more scrambly. The trail down from White's Butte down to the Tonto resembles the Brown's Peak chute more than anything else, and isn't much in terms of a nice mule trail. Also spent some time exploring an old mine in the area not on my map I observed, and some other old constructions. Camped near Boucher Creek, and saw some other group make their way in that night by headlamp.

The next morning we checked out the rest of Boucher Creek to the Colorado. It was pretty nice without much of a trail, but it gets a little narrow in some spots and creates some nice scenes. Then made our way over to Hermit Creek, and noticed it was getting pretty warm in the afternoon. I explored Hermit Creek below the campsite and the trail up to the Old Sante Fe camp, where I noticed that rockfall of a few car and sofa side boulders wiped out a good chunk of this horse trail.

The next day we checked out Hermit Rapids and the nice beach, then packed over to Monument Creek and also checked out Granite Rapids. Monument Creek disappears for the majority of the creekbed between the monument and the river. Finally encountered a raft party - must be too early in the season for the permits to actually get used much. On the way back took the waterfall scramble route back up - that was a lot of fun.

Over to Indian Gardens, passing Cedar Spring, Salt Creek, and Horn Creek. There - we ran into yet more people, including Sirena, on her way to Salt Creek. At Indian Gardens, found that they have installed quite an impressive and excellent set of latrine facilities, 10 stars out of 10. First time actually camping there - it is a pretty nice setup. Hoofed it out the next day, 2hrs 20 minutes to the bus stop, lots of construction on the rim.
Fauna
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Mule Deer
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Whites Butte Yuma Point

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Boucher Creek Medium flow Medium flow
Decent flow, above ground almost entire way to river. It does diminish in the above-ground portion, but is flowing strongest near the campsites and near the beach.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Cedar Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
From the Tonto, I observed pools and the rock pourovers were wet.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Garden Creek Medium flow Medium flow
Very nice and cool, as usual.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Hermit Creek Medium flow Medium flow
Nice flow, and cool.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Horn Creek Light flow Light flow
Very light flow through Horn, did not taste it, due to the radiation warnings.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Monument Creek Light flow Light flow
Light flow near the creek campsites and at the river, dry in between. A bit more than a trickle.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Salt Creek Light flow Light flow
Had a light flow, did not taste it, worried it would be too mineralized.

dry Travertine Canyon Dry Dry
Dry at Tonto crossing, and wherever the Boucher trail goes through, the inaccessible Travertine spring below the Tonto was dripping as usual.
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