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Cave Trail Bark's Canyon Loop, AZ
mini location map2014-03-23
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Cave Trail Bark's Canyon Loop, AZ 
Cave Trail Bark's Canyon Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 23 2014
trekkin_gecko
Hiking7.49 Miles 2,127 AEG
Hiking7.49 Miles   4 Hrs   36 Mns   1.91 mph
2,127 ft AEG      41 Mns Break
 
1st trip
john suggested this combo a couple weeks ago to put on our list
thought we would try it today
we were surprised to see the peralta parking area less than half full
started up bluff springs trail a little before 8:00
went up cave trail, which i haven't done, although i've been down it three times
a different perspective and route-finding issues than going down
almost to the cave, caught movement and turned to find a big horn ram dropping quickly out of our view
no pic, but an awesome sight :)
decided to scramble up on top of geronimo's cave
great views from the northern top out; the southern one looks a little higher
one concern was finding the entry point to upper bark's canyon from the cave trail
i had two tracks loaded but we found a good use trail with plenty of cairns dropping down into the canyon
from there we followed the drainage, trying to stay on rock rather than go through sticker bushes
one sketchy downclimb for me and a few patches of catsclaw and scrub oak
the bushwhacking was not bad at all
reached the bluff springs trail crossings and saw our first people of the day near the peralta rock (another landmark i hadn't seen)
continued into lower bark's canyon
the least water i've seen here, but still enough little pools and several bedrock areas with flowing water to make it worthwhile
took dutchman trail back
the full canyon was an experience
not sure we took the same line as other tracks
my posted route looks a lot like chumley's
nice day, high clouds, a good breeze, plenty of solitude
some new stuff and good company made for a fun day
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