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Cedar Pine Wilderness, AZ
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Cedar Pine Wilderness, AZ 
Cedar Pine Wilderness, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 27 2014
chumley
Hiking4.87 Miles 1,085 AEG
Hiking4.87 Miles   4 Hrs      1.22 mph
1,085 ft AEG
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I love rain. And snow. But my plans for this weekend were to take me to the single worst place you would ever want to be if there is rain in the forecast. So on Thursday, it was time for a reset.

Luckily, the wilderness beards needed to get out and gather some ingredients for a future ale, and I wanted to take advantage of a rainy, cold, snowy, day in late April. The stars aligned, Liz wanted to come along, and we all set out for fun and adventure.

The wilderness beards now have a new truck that runs on homemade fuel from the duck fat they make their french fries in :y:

We headed for the Pine Mtn Wilderness, where the road had been graded in the last week. It's as nice as it could possibly be. The grader was still parked out there. The rain and snow made it a little muddy but not too bad. The issue out here is that the mud is like cement. It sticks to everything. I think chains would be useless since your tires just end up coated in 4-5" of mud, rendering traction useless. Oh well. We managed it ok after taking our sweet time.

After an afternoon stroll up Tank Canyon -- a beautiful slick-rock canyon with pools of water that would be stunning during spring or monsoon runoff -- we headed up the western hillside to capture the sunset. It's a surprisingly difficult climb, 700 feet above camp. The views were stunning. The snow-capped Bradshaws, dominated by Mingus, Union, and Towers, filled the horizon to the west. It was frigid and windy up top and we headed back down in the dark. Jon took a spill and hit his head. We had a bit of a scare since he was dizzy and disoriented, and bleeding pretty good. Head injuries are no joke, and I had the full first aid kit out back at camp. Once it was cleaned up and Jon remembered who he was and some other basic info, we relaxed a bit, and settled in by the fire.

In the morning, we hiked up toward Pine Mountain. Plenty of water in Sycamore Creek. We spotted a beautiful Golden Eagle that kept flying just a little bit farther than us. At one point I was trying to position myself for a photo, when it decided to drop a huge bomb in my direction before flying off. Luckily I avoided the incoming. Unfortunately, I didn't capture a photo.

Next we headed over to Pine's northerly neighbor--the red-headed step child of wilderness areas--Cedar Bench. I had set out to do a pic mimic of the most unique photo on the wilderness wall. It was the most entertaining part of the weekend for me, despite my total failure at capturing it even remotely close to the original. Oh well.

Liz was happy that we didn't continue driving the road that turned into a singletrack that even quads would have a tough time driving. Amazing it's so close to Camp Verde, and yet so rarely visited.

Overall a great weekend. Nice recovery from a plan that the weather washed away. Can't wait to see what I come up with next year!
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Nice flow. Didn't see actual spring, but plenty of surface water and pools. Sycamore Creek has plenty of flowing water and pools both up and downstream of the spring.

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Lots of nice pools. Some swimmable deep. No actual flow.
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