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2014-01-11  
O&W3-Juniper20-Bull100 Loop, AZ
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O&W3-Juniper20-Bull100 Loop, AZ 
O&W3-Juniper20-Bull100 Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 11 2014
chumley
Hiking6.46 Miles 1,938 AEG
Hiking6.46 Miles   4 Hrs   1 Min   2.60 mph
1,938 ft AEG   1 Hour   32 Mns Break
 
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Fulfilling my duties as a paid adventure guide for Team Buford™, this weekend's assignment was to gather juniper cones for use in an upcoming Black IPA at the brewery. These trips are always miserable. I never know why I agree to them. :roll:

We found a spectacular spot to set up camp, about 200 feet above the valley floor. That was key since it kept the overnight low temperature to only 31, about 10 degrees warmer than anticipated. Bonus!

With Geoffrey and Aimee along for the adventure, I decided on a 6.5 mile loop up George Wood Canyon, across a short section of the mesa and back down to the TH via the Bull Spring trail. This was ideal at this time of year, with temperatures in the 50s. I'd like to see it when the oaks have leaves, and possibly even in the fall if the timing is right. But summer might be too much here, even with shade. Except for the traverse across the mesa, both the ascent and descent are on south-facing slopes, and while there is some shade, there is also plenty of sun, and I would imagine that summer would be quite hot if you didn't get out very early in the day.

We took our time, stopping on several occasions to harvest some juniper, and once encountering 15-20 hounds on a lion hunt with a couple of horsemen. We heard them barking hours later, but never did hear the expected rifle shot, so who knows if they were successful in their hunt. AZGFD indicates that they issue more lion tags here than anywhere else in the state, and the hunters report a very high success rate.

Despite her obviously tender meat, relative lack of quickness, and the fact we let her wander away from camp, Daisy returned home with us totally undevoured. So that was a plus. I will definitely return to this part of the state!
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Bull Spring Dripping Dripping
The pipe was only dripping, but a large spring box was full of cold, clear water.

dry George Wood Canyon Dry Dry
No flow in the canyon in January. It's been a dry winter though with just patches of snow above 6800 feet.
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