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Sockdolager Rapid via Hance Creek
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Sockdolager Rapid via Hance CreekNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar May 18 2013
chumley
Hiking7.50 Miles 2,743 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   4 Hrs   40 Mns   1.67 mph
2,743 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
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Decided to day trip to the river from our camp at the Hance Creek/Tonto junction.

This is a complete and total pumpkin-kicker. Woulda been nice to have a little bit more 411 on the bypasses, but it helped that 9L had been part of the way once before. The canyon is stunning, especially when it drops into the narrows of schist and the amazing pink Zoroaster Granite. But the bypasses take a toll, adding unplanned AEG and a lot of time.

We got to the river just as a rafting party was passing by and we took some photos of them running the rapid. After not more than 10 minutes we began the trek back, with much less time in our day than we had thought.

All of us had come from the rim in the morning, and by the time we got back to camp we were all exhausted. The beer was honestly earned and thoroughly enjoyed.

Youtube video (2:25): http://youtu.be/hq4-qOAXoWQ
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Sockdolager Rapids

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Hance Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Not much flow at the river, but enough to get a fresh drink if needed.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Hance Creek Light flow Light flow
Typical flow below the Tapeats. Plenty to filter.
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