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Antelope Peak - GET #5Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2013
azdesertfather
Hiking30.15 Miles 2,689 AEG
Hiking30.15 Miles   10 Hrs   11 Mns   3.32 mph
2,689 ft AEG   1 Hour   6 Mns Break
 
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Planned on doing this west to east with Nick, while JJ & johnlp did it form east to west. Last minute, Nick had a conflict so I did this one on my own. First time I've done a 30-mile day on my own, but it turned out fine.

Drove out Freeman Road, and started off about 7am. The Arizona Trail here is faint in spots. Early in the morning I saw the largest jackrabbit I've ever seen, it was as large as young adult bobcat.

In climbing up the ridge at about the 4 1/2 mile mark, the trail was also a bit hard to follow because of all the well defined cattle trails criss-crossing the trail. When I climbed the ridgeline, I stopped for a short breakfast break and soak in the views when two AZT through hikers came by from the south. They were on day 11 and estimated they had 35 days to go to Utah. One of them had a Pacific Crest Trail tattoo, so this wasn't his first trek.

Made it to Beehive Well...lots of water there in the tank but it was nasty. You'll need a pretty serious filter for this stuff. Said goodbye here to the Arizona Trail, left the mountains, and started the long walk down Putnam Wash. It was dry until I met the convergence of Camp Grant Wash, then I hit some water and found the first gila monster of the day.

Made my way to the San Pedro River, nice riparian area, great lunch spot. Even saw horses (I'm assuming wild horses) just roaming around free out there. The reroute of the GET now sends you a mile or so upriver along the banks before breaking off. You have to cross the San Pedro a few times in this distance. That day I only had to take my boots off one time because the cross wasn't passable without getting in, but I'm sure it varies a lot by season.

Met JJ and johnlp here and had lunch, then took off, headed out of river and up the bank. Once up there, warning...there are a lot of other trails. You can think you're doing the right one, the same one you had been on, only to find out that you are going the wrong direction. Watch your GPS closely in this area, until you hit the first dirt road.

From here, you toward the road section of this segment 5 and 6 combined hike. A couple of short dirt roads and then you cross AZ77. AZ77 ends segment 5 and starts segment 6.

The first few miles of segment 6 is quite boring, hiking down the paved Aravaipa Road past the college. Eventually you get off the paved road and turn off to dirt roads and eventually back onto singletrack. Some of that singletrack is pretty sketchy and not sure footed. Follow little ribbon ties in trees where you can find them, and definitely follow the GPS.

Eventually you do a quick descent and end up on Aravaipa Road about 3 miles from the trailhead, and you follow it to the end.

Ran into my second gila monster maybe a quarter mile from the Aravaipa trailhead. He didn't like me taking pictures of him like the first one did, he actually hissed at me.

Finished up at the Aravaipa Trailhead around 5:15.

Great day, pretty decent timing too. Thanks JJ & John for helping setting us up.

FIRST 7 SEGMENTS & 150 MILES OF THE GET ... done! :y:
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Hedgehog Cactus
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pincushion cacti blooming well...a few poppies and other flowers as well...

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Aravaipa Creek Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Beehive Well 76-100% full 76-100% full
The tank was full but water was very nasty, algae-ridden.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Camp Grant Wash Light flow Light flow
It was running maybe a gallon a minute.

dry Putnam Wash Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max San Pedro River Medium flow Medium flow
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