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Aylor Arch - Little Boulder Cyn - Boulder Cyn, AZ
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Aylor Arch - Little Boulder Cyn - Boulder Cyn, AZ 
Aylor Arch - Little Boulder Cyn - Boulder Cyn, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 08 2014
joebartels
Hiking15.30 Miles 3,590 AEG
Hiking15.30 Miles   11 Hrs   2 Mns   1.58 mph
3,590 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Few things in life are as great as inspiration. Daisy chain two Fritzski adventures on a pleasant day for memories of a lifetime.

Part I - Aylor's Arch
This was my first visit. I expected it to deliver and it was better than anticipated. The micro environment in the ravine is lush compared to the immediate surrounding desert terrain. Palomino is one thin and tall facade of a mountain. There is plenty to explore on the multiple ridges up top. Luckily Bruce came prepared so we could have a little fun!

Par II - Little Boulder Canyon
This looked like the perfect avenue to tackle Peralta-Boulder Ridge, our next destination. Nary a tale has tickled my eardrums on the "upper" poriton of Little Boulder. True be it ( in full fess mode )... I was looking to raise an eyebrow on the Liberty Dutch Hunter.

No such luck on Wally Relics. On the bright side we made some excellent spur of the moment decisions ( aka rare ). After passing a bush the size of a maple abandon Little Boulder to your right heading up canyon. Here we picked up a nice ascent to the NW end of the Peralta-Boulder Ridge. Bring some kleenex. The further up you go you will be crying at the beautiful scenery.

Part III - Peralta-Boulder Ridge
The Eagle, the Turtle & I knocked out the SE 1/3rd March of last year. Bruce & I knocked off the NW 1/3rd today. Some may find it tedious, simply enjoyable in my opinion. The entire ridge over to Fremont Saddle is under 3 miles. Better eat your jj3/Dave1 Wheaties if you plan on doing a loop as a day hike.

Intermission - Lunch on 4003
Noteworthy to mention. With knowledge of the surrounding terrain... Four Double Oh Three ROCKS the house for lunch views!

Part IV - Willow Grand Finale
Bruce picked out a good line down to the gooseneck in West Boulder Creek seemingly directly below. While my mind was geared up for bushwhacking, that never happened. In fact, the descent was pleasant. West Boulder Creek charmed us back to the 104. Afternoon ridge-shade advantage eased the journey. Willow Spring seems like a dependable source. It's been a good six? weeks since worthy rain. Wonder how much evaporates daily... 200-500 gallons?

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Excellent hike!
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Willow Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Perhaps under a quart a minute. Huge clear shallow pools. Tiny cascades in areas. Appears to go under ground then resurface between pools.
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