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Spruce Davis Union Tritle Maverick Loop, AZ
mini location map2014-06-07
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Spruce Davis Union Tritle Maverick Loop, AZ 
Spruce Davis Union Tritle Maverick Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 07 2014
joebartels
Hiking20.20 Miles 5,626 AEG
Hiking20.20 Miles   11 Hrs   9 Mns   2.02 mph
5,626 ft AEG   1 Hour   9 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Spruce Mountain 7696
Up the groomed trail to Spruce. The lookout gal we saw 4 years ago arrived just as we were leaving. Unfortunately her dog "Space" has passed away. Nice views. Surprising we didn't see anyone on this popular trail in such nice weather.

Mt Davis
Took Isabella Trail #377 down from Spruce and Dandrea Trail #285 up then off-trail to Mt Davis. This was my first trip up Davis. Nicest views of the day in my opinion. Knoll just NW is definitely worth the extra few minutes, incredible views.

Mt Union 7979
Been here a few times. John the tower guy for 18 years gave us the grand view. We quizzed each other on peaks near and far. It was a nice chat.

Mt Tritle 7782
Heed the property boundary clues. Funky stuff going on out in the woods reminded me of the movie Wrong Turn ( not the happy fun first half hour ).

If you are in the area tick it off. Easy access to great views. With a road slapped over it this is more suited for 4WD beer cooler enthusiast. Shrub peak. No cool pines or lichen rock obstacles.

Maverick Mountain 7443
A scathing bundle of joy.

It is an increasingly steep climb up the east. Pants may make the brush tolerable. There are more rewarding places to bleed.

Wolf Creek Falls
Creeks, rivers and waterfalls in the vicinity are typically dry. Many of the trails are "V" grooves from mountain bikers and horses. Nearby pines and easy access make this a local winner.

Synopsis
Took and consumed 4 quarts. 5-6 would have been more ideal, especially cold! Gnats were not an issue just near face level around Tritle. Thankfully no biting black flies either. Temps were cooler than anticipated. Very cool in the shade. The sunny stretches are like being on the beach in Cali. The sun bakes you but the cool air keeps you happy. Bruce put together a fine loop and I learned a lot about the terrain. Maverick was pure hell, now we know.
Named place
Named place
Mount Union Fire Lookout
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Wildflowers Observation Light
Mainly claret cup. Cactus blooms are pretty, just not exciting.

dry Payoff Spring Dry Dry
no evidence of a spring anywhere

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Wolf Creek Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Small pools looked nice enough to filter
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