|BB Mesa-L Wolf Crk-Pine Crk-Grapevine Lp, AZ|
|BB Mesa-L Wolf Crk-Pine Crk-Grapevine Lp, AZ|| |
BB Mesa-L Wolf Crk-Pine Crk-Grapevine Lp, AZ
|Hiking||18.65 Miles|| 11 Hrs 3 Mns ||2.12 mph|
|3,795 ft AEG|| 2 Hrs 15 Mns Break||14 LBS Pack|
|The drive in on Grapevine Road is definitely not for anything but HC Vehicles. If there is even the slightest chance for rain, park at the Gate and walk the additional .8 miles (4x4 recommended). Expect Arizona pin-stripping unless you are in a small Samari sized vehicle.
Beautiful sun filled morning and 58 degrees to start. At 11am it was in the 80's when the clouds rolled in and the temps started dropping down into the 50's. A 20% chance of rain dumped on us for the better part of the late morning until about 3:30pm. We had to hunker down for 45 minutes waiting for the Hail and Lightning to subside. This storm caused all the washes up on the Mesa to run, 3 of which we were forced to cross the freezing water.
13 second Sampler http://youtu.be/pnEHvD7_ZOg
A second wave came through for the last 1-1/2 hours of the hike, but luckily was not as strong as the first.
This ended up being a plan "B" hike, we ended up just doing a loop when the bushwhacking in spots slowed us to a crawl and the strong storm forced us to seek shelter. The original plan would have forced us to cross more of the newly formed rivers.
We saw 3 large racked Mule deer, one Denny and I considered trophy sized.
Big Bug Mesa Trail #9434 - Real pretty trail that gets little use.
Little Wolf Creek Trail #304 - Continuation of the above, becomes two track close to the south end.
Pine Flat 67 Road walk - It's a road.
Bushwhack - This was probably a fire break at one point. Took it to a drainage to try and find the 9439 trail indicated on Topo. "Thick" in many spots and hard to follow.
Pine Creek Trail #289 - Back to a real trail! Pleasant with nice views
Big Bug Mesa walk - Pretty easy walk with a GPS to guide you. Deer Country, lots of old tree stands observed.
Grapevine Canyon - not a bad bushwhack if you stay close to the drainage. When bypassing the 30' to 40' waterfall, go to the NW side
Grapevine Springs Canyon Trail #4 - Pretty area, lush, green, lots of water.
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|Numerous areas with running and/or pooled water|
||Little Wolf Creek
|Running in spots probably due to recent rains|
|No water observed in the area of the spring|
|There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."|