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Davenport-Sears Interesting Loop, AZ
mini location map2014-01-11
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Davenport-Sears Interesting Loop, AZ 
Davenport-Sears Interesting Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 11 2014
The_Eagle
Hiking23.01 Miles 3,900 AEG
Hiking23.01 Miles   13 Hrs   7 Mns   1.90 mph
3,900 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break16 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
I gave Joesepi a slew of choices this week. Since I had the final say in this one, I picked his third choice.

I've been wanting to hit up this area for ages, but most loops up in this area are long distance runarounds. I'm not as keen on 30 mile plus slogs anymore. So I through together this tiny little 23 miler.

I settled for a dawn start to the hike since I'd never been across the Horseshoe Dam before. I'd hoped that we would at least be back to the road section by dark.

We were doing this at a CW Loop. Horseshoe Dam to Davenport Wash Trail #89, off Trail at the Corral, down to Davenport Wash, take an unnamed wash to the "Interesting" area, up to "Ridge", to the Sears Trail #90 and back.

We crossed under the Dam at first light and started the 2.5 mile warm up traverse to the Davenport Wash Trail #89. This trail is an old road for the portion we were on with a gentle grade increase. A Little more than 3 miles later we were at the Corral and saw the interesting Rock formations to the south that just needed our attention. Quite a lot-o-fun.

Playing with the GoPro Head mount :next: https://www.youtube.com/embed/OQQXAxx6js0

I expected the Wash to be mostly dry based on the GE views. Oops... The 3.5 miles of hiking we did down there was absolutely beautiful, but was 2.5 miles too much.

Now the part of the hike that gave me to most concern and excitement. I saw this area on GE and it looked like a deep canyon carved out of a mountain. I plotted a track through it, and it appeared like a gentle assent. A mile and a half out of the Davenport Wash, we spotted the area.

A fun little 10 footer then 12 footer that exposed a 30 footer. We were not going up it, so we went high and to the right to check it out from the top. When we were able to see what was going on, right after this on was an 80 footer.

I thought I actually heard Joe cry and stomp his feet when I told him we needed to bypass all this and make our way back. It was 2:30 and we still had 12 miles to go on off trail and Mazatzal trails that are seldom used.

We scrambled over to "Ridge" to look for the Peak marker, but instead found a Frustrom marking the Maricopa / Yavapai Border.
Views from up top of Ridge :next: http://youtu.be/OK4YHb4lNfo

The walk back on Sears #90 was better than expected for the most part. It was thin, but cairns kept us on trail 95% of the time, until we got down within 1 mile of the TH. In the dark we missed somethin' some place, and lost all sign of the trail. NBD... we just followed the wash.

The road walk back in the dark was easy with a 3/4 moon in the sky to guide us.

A good time in the Mazies for sure!
Fauna
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Andrea Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Not quite sure where the spring was located. Davenport Wash was running for the entire time we were in it.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Horseshoe Reservoir 1-25% full 1-25% full
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