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Upper Lime Creek, AZ
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Upper Lime Creek, AZ 
Upper Lime Creek, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Oct 12 2013
chumley
Backpack9.35 Miles 939 AEG
Backpack9.35 Miles2 Days         
939 ft AEG25 LBS Pack
 
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Nice overnight exploring a new area for me.

Lime Creek flows perennially in sections of this drainage, sometimes disappearing underground, but other times surfacing in a beautiful remote canyon thick with huge shady sycamore and cottonwood trees and smaller bushes.

I spooked a beautiful red-tailed hawk, we found a Fred, and there was an owl near our campsite that hooted all night long.

About 3 miles in the drainage opens up and the creek goes underground for an extended period, so we decided rather than continue to the next oasis we would go back and camp at the last one.

Did a bunch of exploring and checking out adjacent areas. Perfect weather for this one right now. Thanks Kyle for the suggestion and the company.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Ash Spring Creek Light flow Light flow
Didn't find the actual spring here, but water begins to appear in the creek just below this spot on the map. Filtering would be no problem.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Cougar Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Occasional pools and trickle about 1/2 mile up Cougar Canyon from Lime. Otherwise Cougar was dry. Lime Creek at the Cougar junction has plenty of flow in a perennial stream.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Little Cougar Canyon Medium flow Medium flow
Two separate springs about 25-feet apart here were flowing at easily 20+ gpm. Above here the creek is dry, below here it's a beautiful flowing stream. Water does not appear to come from upstream flow but rather from a unique source on the side of the canyon.

dry Long Canyon Dry Dry
Long Canyon was dry as was Lime at the junction. This is a wide dry area, and the springs marked on the Topo maps near here are nowhere to be found. No sign of water here, and I wouldn't expect to see it except during storm flooding.
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