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Rock Creek Haunted Loop, AZ
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Rock Creek Haunted Loop, AZ 
Rock Creek Haunted Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2014
joebartels
Hiking19.00 Miles 4,400 AEG
Hiking19.00 Miles   11 Hrs   18 Mns   1.80 mph
4,400 ft AEG      45 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
We did a loop I put together as linked above, mainly to tackle Rock Creek #195. The drive in on FR650 is non-shy high clearance.

Rock Creek Trail #195
After hiking up 3 miles on the road we took old #195 down. There isn't even a hint where it starts as it was decommissioned thirteen years ago. With a loaded gps route we picked it up quick. Soon you enter Arizona Cypress, you can make out a trail if you pay attention.

Low ratings and warnings from others boggle my mind. I found Rock Creek to be scenic, enjoyable and dare I say enchanting. Believe we had perfect weather. Tag in the key is to follow it down. Since I know I enjoyed going up Spencer I will definitely put the two together as a loop in the future. Perhaps my love for cypress forest is not shared? Perhaps recently taking on Sawtooth Ridge made it more enjoyable being able to associate the jagged peaks? I'm guess all of the above. One thing for sure, miles of catclaw never panned out... 15 feet around one boulder and a few snags was all she wrote.

In no shape or form is it "easy" to follow or brush free. The key is to go down ( loop or shuttle ), keep an eye out for trail stretches, cairns, an eye on the gps periodically and some Wally sense ( move in the direction it feels it should go ).


Bull Basin Trail #270
Bruce stumbled upon a grave. Not sure if it was near the junction, if so perhaps the 24-GG unknown cowboy. We scurried up a well groomed mine ( Carlson mentions magnetite-hematite or chrysolite asbestos ) trail thinking we were on #270. Corrected and got back on track. The first half mile south/up from the #195 intersection is enjoyable cypress. After that it didn't excite me.

Haunted Canyon #203
When #270 intersects #203 you are back in a cypress forest. For those that don't get it. Arizona Cypress is a beautify gnarly looking tree. The bonus being trails typically maintain themselves in mature stands. Underbrush is typically minimal and you can see through storybook views. The short stretch from #270 on the #203 to the turnoff for Tony's Cabin is camping heaven.

Tony's Backyard
A treat as always.

Underdog finally scores a bone!
Culture
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Ghost?
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
fragrant bushes with small white flowers,

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Blue Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Difficult to assess. Creek was trickling. If it's not in the creek then it's probably dry. We didn't look more than glancing the hillside and saying screw it based on time.
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