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13 by photographer avatarDave1
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Dripping Springs from PeraltaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Backpack avatar Jan 04 2014
Dave1
Backpack20.00 Miles 3,500 AEG
Backpack20.00 Miles2 Days         
3,500 ft AEG20 LBS Pack
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I set out from the Peralta Trailhead at 7pm and headed off to Dripping Springs to meet up with Lee. On the way I ran into a small pack of peccaries on Coffee Flat trail. They didn't all scatter, a few stayed close to the trail to observe me. I was happy to get away from that area and eventually find Lee's camp. Lee had a nice fire already going when I arrived and right away we roasted up some frozen pork (peccary?) I brought along. BTW, if you want to make a solo night hike through the Supes even scarier, just strap some raw meat to your pack. We stayed up late with the fire as it was a chilly night, getting down to 33 degrees.

In the morning we restarted the campfire fire to warm us up for a bit. After packing up and dousing the fire pit, Lee and the dogs headed back to Peralta and I went in search of Whetrock Canyon and the famous milk truck. I didn't bring a GPS unit with me and apparently my map skills are lacking because I walked right by the entrance to Whetrock. Without much sleep last night, a 30 minute nap in the middle of Randolph Canyon felt about right. Feeling better, I took an unnamed drainage leading up to a high point over-looking Whetrock Canyon which also had some nice views of JF Ranch. I spotted the milk truck down below and headed straight down the hill for it. After my inspection I returned back to Randolph Canyon via Whetrock, which was much less brushy than the first drainage. Had a nice uneventful hike back to Peralta and didn't encounter any people all day.
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