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Buehman canyon, AZ
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Buehman canyon, AZ 
Buehman canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 23 2013
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Decided I really needed to return to this area. With snow melt winding down was anxious to see what was going on in here. Entered a different way, across the KC ranch, where the sign at the locked gate welcomes foot traffic. Past a spring water trough, then down a canyon which rocked up nicely with some crazy limestone in it. Hit the main canyon in the cottonwood canopy. Down canyon where some of the water levels seemed the same then came to an area we had walked through before, now with a big swim hole at the start of shallow narrows. I took 10 min to locate the go around and still had to wade about 20 feet in water up and over my knees at times thanks to the silty bottom. I went down to the first boulder choke climb over near the bottom of the canyon. Going back when I got into the dense cottonwood section I saw movement through the screen of brush. I froze, not easy in shin deep cold bog. The troop of coatimundis' flowed around me, rooting in the tree duff, a pair rolling around and play climbing up a tree part way, perhaps male and female? They seemed young and small, perhaps 15-20 or more. A large adult came within 10 feet then spotted me. A mass tree climb ensued and debris rained down around me. I pulled the camera out but as I moved to position en mass they scrambled down and away, some jumping off their perches a good 12 feet off the ground and landing with a thump. With the dense foliage I just got one poor shot of the tails of two of them. However it was a special moment to have the stream forest come alive around me.

I located an old road then walked up it past a spring area and intersected the ranch road. I walked back, excellent views of the Galiuros and San Pedro river valley except the wind really made it hazy and kept my head down.

I drove the road out, there are several roads back in here and some went to campsites or went to another locked gate. The forest service or rancher put one gate on a steep 4wd downhill and I barely could stop the Toyota, and I was in 4 lo. I car camped at a well used camp area on a bank above a stream with cottonwoods and saquaros. I must admit I have no idea exactly where I was. The road and the landmarks are close to the Forest service map I have but not enough to say. I basked in the southeastern flanks of the Catalinas. I hiked up the little waterfilled canyon then came back on a cow trail following a quartz vein. There were some flowers about. It is a peaceful and beautiful place. Next day----
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