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Lane Mountain - Willow Spring Loop, AZ
mini location map2014-06-28
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Lane Mountain - Willow Spring Loop, AZ 
Lane Mountain - Willow Spring Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 28 2014
The_Eagle
Hiking21.46 Miles 5,000 AEG
Hiking21.46 Miles   11 Hrs   31 Mns   2.38 mph
5,000 ft AEG   2 Hrs   30 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Back to attempt this loop after being thwarted last week with Mechanical problems.
There was another Vehicle at the TH at 7:30 with all doors open. I noticed there was a guy on the ground, on a pad, asleep. When we got out we noticed the Truck was running :-k . There were two chairs set up with a cooler and empties... All strange, but we had a hike to do.

Nice temps in the 70's as we hiked FR 100 towards to the top of Watson peak. First time up here and the views were Killer at our high point of 7203' for the day.

Back down to make the turn on Lane Mountain #233 which sets up some great views to the south and west. We found the old sign for the Sullivan Spring and decided to give it a looky see... took awhile, but success, complete w/ filterable water.

I have been talking with Jason Williams, the Trails & Wilderness Manager for the Prescott Natl. Forest, and giving him trail updates and asking questions. I had mentioned that the last time we hiked Lane Mountain in 2013, there was a 2" Black water pipe that ran for 4.3 miles from around Sullivan Spring to Copper Camp spring. He checked and found out that the pipe had been fully removed as of 2 weeks ago. He said a Drilling Rig had been flown in via a Sikorsky Helicopter for a copper mining operation and the rig required water. All is back to normal now.

We made the turn off Lane Mountain, on an old mining road at Lane Spring. The spring is located 30' east of the non-working tank at the base of a cliff and contained some nice looking water.

My thermometer read constantly in the low 90's in these lower sections of the hike, with little shade to escape the sun. I used my Chromedome umbrella more on this hike than any other.

We took a short break at the Milk Ranch ruins where there was no water in Boulder Creek. Back on a mining road on Joe's Ridge past dry Joes Tank and we took lunch at Willow Spring where I'd planned to filter some water.

Willow Spring marks the lower TH for the Willow Spring Trail #236. Willow Spring was not the clear cool 2' pool that was here before, but a scratched out muddy, bee infested, 1' round, 2" deep cesspool. I was running low so I filtered with my MSR Microworks. It came out slightly tinged in color, but smelled like a cows restroom. Without any further treatment options w/ me, I can't drink this...

The Willow Springs trail is best done in long pants. The lower portions has some Cats Claw. The upper portions are in the pines.

We took the short side trip over to the South Fort ruins to enjoy the views.

By the time we got back to the TH we were relieved to see that the Cherokee was gone, there was no crime scene tape up, and my fuel had not been syphoned.

Video From Watson Peak and South Fort Ruins :next: http://youtu.be/6new9vzTono

I went to start the Pfinder and there was nothing...Damn, Crown King will be the death of me yet! Luckily an easy fix, as the battery cable had vibrated off the terminal. Phew...
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dry Bens Spring Dry Dry


dry Joes Tank Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Lane Spring Dripping Dripping
Small Spring box (18" x 18" cut into cliff was full of nice clear water.

dry Lion Spring Dry Dry
There could be water back there, it's plenty green, but way to thick to get to it.

dry Mormon Tank Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Sullivan Spring Dripping Dripping
Small 2' x 2' spring box full of filterable water.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Willow Spring Dripping Dripping
I had counted on this one that was wet on previous trip.
I filtered from a small, muddy, bee filled pool.
It came out a little discolored. It smelled like cow urine so it ultimately got dumped.
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