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Hyde Mountain - Apache Creek Loop, AZ
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Hyde Mountain - Apache Creek Loop, AZ 
Hyde Mountain - Apache Creek Loop, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 16 2014
Hiking25.00 Miles 3,468 AEG
Hiking25.00 Miles   11 Hrs   16 Mns   2.79 mph
3,468 ft AEG   2 Hrs   18 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
1st trip
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Chum's and I had been tryin' to get in a hike, for what seems like forever. Our schedules never meshed. We'd both scoped out the Juniper Mesa and Apache Creek areas and had ideas on some hikes.

We decided on a loop I'd put together, with an exploration portion for a future adventure.

Somehow Toughboots, 9L and Boy with Dog found out and joined us.

After they wrote letters to their moms, blew their noses and made sure to put on clean underwear, we were off ... slightly late.

We started from the Camp Wood area. Some great camping areas back here! It's a 16 mile drive on a dirt road (FS21, ie Camp Wood Rd) off of Williamson Valley Rd. When dry, this road is doable by just about any vehicle.

After the ladies got all their food, beverages, skirts, snacks, etc.. ready, we were off like a heard of turtles just after 8am. Blanco is a good dog an listens to everything lee says. He did a good job of pointing out the Fauna to us. Numerous deer, Rabbits, Squirrels, Lizards were spotted.

The hike started by gaining 1/2 our daily AEG in the first 4.3 miles to the top of Hyde Peak at 7270'. The Hyde Mountain Trail #6 was slightly overgrown but easy to follow except one short section just below the Lower Saddle. 360 views from up top were just spectacular.
The lookout building from 1936 has a brand new Generator Unit and never used outhouse, but the property does not seem to have been used for a year or more.

Next down the 7 Up to Hyde Mountain Trail #5. This got us into some more tall pines, green grass at the Brown Spring area. At this point Hyde Creek was next to us on the pleasant walk in the pines on no longer used FR52. There was filterable water the entire length.

Off of 52B and on to the Apache Creek Trail #9905. There is no indication for the southern TH. We built a few cairns just off the road for future hikers. The trail is obvious once you get in a 100'. The southern portion area is a bolder wonderland, reminiscent of theWilderness of Rocks trail.

Once we got to Apache Creek we took some lunch and then took the .6 mile hike to what appeared to be a pool of water on the satellite views. We were all surprised to find lot of water on our way up there. For the highlight of the day, we arrived at 30' x 20' and 10' Deep pool of the best swimmin' water around. We took a 1/2 hour cooling off, jumping off the rocks and cooling down.

It's now 2pm and we're only 10 miles into a 25 mile hike, time to move on.

The scenery was not arizona-like at all. More water, pines, deciduous trees, grasses and tall flowers.

We hit the Gravers Wash Trail #9904, and made the turn to the barn.

FR 95A was a slog, but not as bad as first feared. There were views to be had, some shade and even water along the way. It was the ankle busters that get tiresome hiking on. Not everywhere, but enough in the final 8 miles to say... enough.

Short Video from Hyde and the Swimmin' Hole :next: ... UA&index=3

Chum's shared some of his private stock of Natural Lite with us at the end and it was appreciated!

Good to finally hike with Chum's, 9L, Boy With Dog and again with Bootsie.

Thanks for driving Chum's. We have unfinished business out there
Benchmark Swimming Hole
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Apache Creek - Apache Creek Wilderness Medium flow Medium flow
There was water in Apache Creek almost the entire length of our hike.
At the point of this waypoint, the water was 30' x 20' and about 10' deep.

I would think even in the driest times there would be water in this spot

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Brown Spring Dripping Dripping
The spring area was dripping, but the creek below was running.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Ruins Tank 76-100% full 76-100% full
As far as tanks go, I'd filter it in a pinch. But there was no need on this day as there were pools of water all along the way.
There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."
Dave Barry
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