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Santa Maria - Lower Peoples Canyon Loop, AZ
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Santa Maria - Lower Peoples Canyon Loop, AZ 
Santa Maria - Lower Peoples Canyon Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 01 2014
The_Eagle
Hiking19.53 Miles 2,898 AEG
Hiking19.53 Miles   11 Hrs   9 Mns   1.83 mph
2,898 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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13 months ago we had a hike for the ages. Peoples Canyon Upper was in all it's fluid glory. With the forecast for gobs of rain, I tried to get all the talking heads together again for a repeat. LP was under the weather, so I took gumdrop to the river.

The forecasted rain never materialized and Joe was all dressed up with nowhere to go. We hiked down to the Santa Maria River on our way to Peoples Canyon. Almost 7 miles in the riverbed yielded some excellent views of the surrounding areas, including another memorable hike to the top of Ives.

We made the turn up Peoples Canyon and sandy riverbed gave way to boulders. Five miles in Peoples to get us to the point we turned out last time. Most of it was your typical boulder hopping. As we got closer to South Peoples Spring, the foliage got thicker and thicker. I gave up trying to keep my feet dry. The last 3/4 mile in peoples took forever but was beautifully lush.

Out of the canyon, a bit of lunch, and up to the water tank on the final climb. I was unsure of the route across and back down to the Santa Maria River, but it worked just fine. Joe has named this Negro Ben Canyon for the peak we looped around. The bottom of this canyon was the most fun, with a couple of slick rock Waterfall / Pour overs. to traverse.

Kingfishers, Sand pipers, 2 Javelina, and 2 wild burros were among the fauna spotted.

We made it to within 200 yards of the truck before the Sky's opened up. 50 mph winds and torrential rains soaked us to the bone and were with me for the entire hour and a half ride home.

Enjoyed the area once again out there.... there's much more to explore.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/4VYaPitwfKI
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated

dry Black Canyon Wash Dry Dry
Dry

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Fork Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Pretty wet in the area. Plenty to filter

dry Hackberry Wash Dry Dry
Dry

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Peeples Creek Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Pools to Dry by the Santa Maria. Filterable water can be found all the way to Fork Spring and South Peoples Spring becoming more reliable the closer you get to South Peoples Spring

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Peoples Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Pools to Dry by the Santa Maria. Filterable water can be found all the way to Fork Spring and South Peoples Spring becoming more reliable the closer you get to South Peoples Spring

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max South Fork Santa Maria River Light flow Light flow
West of 93, Water was found all the way to Peoples Canyon.
Filter...cows frequent this area

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 South Peoples Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
This Spring puts out. Enough to create quite the flow down Peoples Canyon the Majority of the way to the Santa Maria
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