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Bartlett Lake to Cottonwood Grove, AZ
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Bartlett Lake to Cottonwood Grove, AZ 
Bartlett Lake to Cottonwood Grove, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2014
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Hiking37.37 Miles 6,930 AEG
Hiking37.37 Miles   15 Hrs      2.87 mph
6,930 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break
 
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I parked outside the Rattlesnake Cove because the gate was closed due to debris on the road. I went on the Palo Verde trail to where it split and followed the split to the old FR42. I checked out the quarry but it there wasn't anything of interest here.

Next I went down the Bartlett flats to where it ended and picked up a wash that lead me to FR42. I followed FR42 to Jack's cove. With the lake/river being so low, I followed the shoreline from Jack's cove to FR1069. Normally one would have to follow FR42 to make it from Jack's cove to FR1069. I was able scramble on the exposed rocks from shoreline to shoreline. There was one place where the rocks where to soft and where crumbling, so tried to walk on the mud. My second step went a 1 foot and half under the mud! :o ! I've never been in quicksand, but I would image it felt like this. I was really worried about losing a boot. I managed to find a solid spot to gain some leverage and pull my foot and boot out!

Going from FR1069 to Devils hole was un-uneventful.

As I got closer to the Horseshoe dam, I came across two rangers doing trail maintenance. The recent rains had caused some washouts on the new trails. The rangers said that they lost an entire section of a new trail. We chatted a bit about the new trails and they won't be opening the trails to ATV until summer 2014. I also found out that the Horseshoe dam is at 80% capacity and they will start testing the release system the week of 3/10.

From looking at the maps, I noticed a shortcut from FR42 to the Cottonwood Grove TH. There's an unnamed wash that goes from FR42 to the Verde, right by the TH. I went down the wash and very quickly it went from a desert terrain to a grassy / forest setting. It was very cool (figuratively and temperature wise). With 10 minutes I was at the gauging station / Cottonwood Grove TH. There was an abandoned campsite at the TH. I had lunch here. This spot was 100% shaded. Now there's water flowing down from horseshoe dam.

I headed back and this time I skipped the rock scramble and the Palo Verde trail.

The Cotton Wood grove TH is a really neat area.
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