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Nonesuch Rocks - Pinto Creek Loop, AZ
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Nonesuch Rocks - Pinto Creek Loop, AZ 
Nonesuch Rocks - Pinto Creek Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2013
The_Eagle
Hiking19.10 Miles 3,500 AEG
Hiking19.10 Miles   13 Hrs      1.59 mph
3,500 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Joe picked this one and being the creator of the HAZ Route Manager, provided me with a Detailed 20 point track. I made some "Minor" adjustments, and the hike was on.

The plan was a CCW loop going up to Nonesuch Rocks, Gunsight Gap, Little Campaign Creek, and return on/in Pinto Creek.

From the get go, we could see that catclaw and boulder hopping might slow this one down a bit.
Sweet views up on top of Nonesuch Rocks, we dropped off the Southwest side towards Gunsight Gap. Steep and loose, but not all that bad. The going had been real slow to this point taking 7 hours to get 7 miles around the Gunsight Gap area, and not even to 1/2 the halfway point.

Once in Little Campaign Creek (Dry), we were able to make up some time. Smooth, slightly down hill, and clear (For the most part). Saw some old Quad tracks, and still don't have a clue how they got in or out of there. Also saw a Black Tailed Rattler in the open, that I could have stepped on because I was enjoying not having to look at my feet.

Little Campaign was dry for the most part. There was one area, maybe a quarter mile long, that had a decent flow before it went below ground.

Pinto Creek on the other hand, was flowing well. There was no use trying to keep our shoes dry, we still had 7 miles to go, mostly in and sometimes out of the creek. What a pretty area. Once we got about 17 miles in, it turned into a box canyon, with the walls closing in.
At this point is was dark and we needed our headlamps to check the depth of the water.

Need to come back to this portion, I was too tired to appreciate the beauty.

If you have 5 min to waste, here's a video ==> http://www.youtube.com/watch?edit=vd&v=7xa9iygrMdo

Good times!
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Blevens Wash Medium flow Medium flow
Pinto was flowing here

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Cedar Spring Dripping Dripping
There was a 4' long metal trough and a cast iron Bathtub filled w/ Water, being filled from a black pipe from the spring.


water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Lower Campaign Creek - Mini Riparian Box Light flow Light flow
Light flow in a quarter mile area

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Pinto @ Little Campaign Creek Heavy flow Heavy flow
Flowing strong. Flow lasted until six miles to the North around the Windmill.
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