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Dripping Springs - Grand CanyonNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 28 2013
cactuscat
Hiking6.30 Miles 1,900 AEG
Hiking6.30 Miles   4 Hrs   21 Mns   2.21 mph
1,900 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
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After an extremely long and stressfull week at work, I needed Wednesday to rest and recover - though I did go into work for a couple hours that day too ...
By Thursday I was in need of a good solo hike - solo is and always will be my favorite way to hike - as nice as a hike with the right person or people can sometimes be.
This was the first time I did Dripping Springs since my third day in the Park, in July ... forgot how wonderful it is!
I drove out to Hermit's Rest, and enjoyed having the road almost completely to myself, since it's closed to the public for the season.
Departed the TH at 11:17am, and soon had to pause several minutes for about 30 kids on a Ranger - led hike to mosey their way up past me. After that it was just me and my thoughts most of the time.
Did encounter a young man who was hiking with only the second dog I have seen below the Rim ... the dog was a pitbull type, with a leather "necklace", and no leash - the guy called out "service animal coming your way" as the dog ascended towards me. It layed down on the trail when it reached me, and I couldn't help but smile ... I said "it's so weird to see a dog on the trail here" and the guy responded "yeah, he's my keep-me-alive dog, and he's hiked 15 miles today" ... whatever. The guy was carrying the largest hiking stick I have ever seen - more like a small tree - and I imagine that the weight of it hurt more than it could have helped!
After taking the Dripping Springs/Boucher turnoff, I was in heaven ... it's such a great, fun trail - definitely one of my favorites.
About halfway to the Boucher, I ran into two women with backpacks on their way out - one of them turned out to be my favorite Ranger from the Backcountry Office, Christy M. such a sweetie! Don't know what it is about Rangers named Christy or Kristi ... but they are the best. Her and her friend had spent the night along the Boucher, below Yuma Point - a campsite I will likely check out soon on her recomendation.
Reached Dripping Springs one hour and 33 minutes after departing from the TH. One couple was just leaving, another was about to, and there was one more couple there for a few minutes ... after that I had the area to myself for close to an hour. Continued past the seeps and ascended a bit - want to take that trail up to the Rim sometime soon - and also checked out the flat grassy area below the spring where Boucher used to keep his horses and mules.
Eventually headed back, refreshed from the cool water of the springs, and just marveled at how lovely the trail and terrain was - especially from the springs to a little ways past the Boucher turnoff. Love it!
The silence was broken at one point by what sounded like someone chopping down a tree, and sure enough it was a guy ripping apart a century plant for a hiking stick ... I was extremely tempted to impersonate a Ranger, but instead I just gently scolded him, saying "you're lucky I'm not a Ranger, dude ... that's highly illegal" ... he seemed appropriately ashamed, and said "I know".
The rest of the hike out was just fabulous ... temps were perfect, and there were not many people on the trail. I listened to my ipod for awhile near the springs - mostly to drown out the helicoptors - and on the ascent up from the Waldron junction - to drown out the wind and push my pace on the uphill. Finished with the perfect song approaching the TH - Matt Nathanson's "C'mon Get Higher" ... makes me think of the girl I love, sigh.
Wish every day could be like this one.
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