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Malapais Peter's Canyon Loop, AZ
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Malapais Peter's Canyon Loop, AZ 
Malapais Peter's Canyon Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2014
joebartels
Hiking11.72 Miles 3,659 AEG
Hiking11.72 Miles   12 Hrs   44 Mns   1.01 mph
3,659 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Thirsty
I have water but I don't want it.

Tired
Fond memories of this area seemed off key. Malapais is #17 on my favorites list after 17 years of hiking.

Heading up Geronimo
as rough as I remember ( shouldn't it be easier )

Approaching Malapais
this is taking forever, two-thirds to go :scared:

Malapais
Whose friggen route did I download. This isn't how "I" do it. ( under my breath ) this is a horrible idea, we'll never make it. ( out loud ) looks good, this is it, let's go.

1 Hour - 25 minutes
Our lunch spot was on the east side of Malapais, 200 ft from the top. We found shade on the east side of a rock outcrop. No more ascending. Ridge shade advantage queued the orchestra. Refreshed we descended to Peter's Canyon. Nearly an hour and a half later... please, shoot me

Peter's Canyon
YES! I can fly. Smooth boulders. Happy, happy, joy, joy!

Tenth of a Mile Later
How many miles in this canyon?
the number four sounded like butter hitting a hot skillet sliding away to infinity

Bruce didn't get to see the Peralta Headquarters, the face or the grinding holes. Near the end he mentioned... "one thing I know about Peter's Canyon, I'm NEVER coming back". It was sad and funny all wrapped in one.

Took 3 quarts agua, half frozen. Never ran out ( last sip at the car ) but wish I froze that bad boy solid. Mid 80's in February is not typical. This loop mid 80's in the summer would be a steal. Acclimated to winter it was tough. Random puffy clouds would have made a world of difference. 5-6 hours of sleep before a hike is good, net total between two hikers blows.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Peters Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Majority of the 4 miles we covered was dry with an occasional pool. Large pools in the flats approaching Tortilla.
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