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Agua Fria via Bloody Basin, AZ
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Agua Fria via Bloody Basin, AZ 
Agua Fria via Bloody Basin, AZ
Hiking avatar May 18 2014
Hiking5.81 Miles 1,242 AEG
Hiking5.81 Miles   4 Hrs   35 Mns   1.69 mph
1,242 ft AEG   1 Hour   9 Mns Break
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The Agua Fria time after time is a great place to explore. I am surprised that there are not more adventures logged out here. There is no trail but the river is easy enough to navigate. As it gets farther from the last rains the pools are getting much farther apart. This was our first time on the north end of the national monument. There were several good parking spots and easily reachable with the family truckster.

We were surprised to see a little mining activity going on about 1/4 mile away from the road. Several large holes and a nice new sluice box with no one in sight. I assume they were around because by the time we made it back all the equipment had disappeared.

Travels were as expected with some boulder hopin' and bushwhackin'. The water was nice and deep enough in spots to take a nice dip. I might bring the family down here as it is pretty easily accessible and the girls can play in the water. Boil up some cray fish too. I've seen more in other spots but these buggers were HUGE!

We decided to pop up on the mesa for a better view and to get some elevation on the gps :). Unexpectedly there was a much older mining operation and cabin. I wish I knew the history of these things. We explored the rim and down in the area around the cabin with not much exciting to see. The red tailed hawk nest was the crowning jewel of this hike. We may have seen the hawk but it was too faraway to tell. One of these days we are gonna plan a through hike and camp.
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