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Carr Peak Southern Ridge - Sierra Ancha, AZ
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Carr Peak Southern Ridge - Sierra Ancha, AZ 
Carr Peak Southern Ridge - Sierra Ancha, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 19 2014
CannondaleKid
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,499 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   5 Hrs   5 Mns   1.24 mph
1,499 ft AEG      15 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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Day 2 of our Sierra Ancha camping trip began at 4 am with heavy rain, something we hadn't seen in a LONG time. But so what? We came here to hike and that's just what we'll do.

So we dressed in rain gear on top with very light long pants to ward off the thorny stuff and of course the foot gear of choice for the day would be Teva sandals. With lots of tall grass along the first part of Trail 139 we hadn't gone a hundred yards from the Carr TH and our pants were already soaked above the knees. At least we didn't have to worry about getting our pants wet from there on, it was just part of the deal.

We took Rim Trail 139 to the 139/160 junction and continued along Parker Creek Trail 160 up to the ridge south of Carr Peak. We had planned to summit Carr Peak today but it seemed it would be a waste because with the rain, low clouds and fog wouldn't allow for any scenic photos. So instead, we decided to continue south along the ridge until we felt like turning around.

With a bit more open ground among the pines the going was pretty easy, and even better, the deer/elk trails were very well traveled. We may have continued all the way down to Zimmerman Peak but again, with the rain & fog there was nothing to see and we turned back.

On the return trip we scared up deer a number of times. They seemed quite skittish, which I guess is appropriate since bow hunting would open in a few days. (Already we had seen hunters near the campsite scouting the area)

Eventually the rain eased up and it turned out to be a leisurely and very enjoyable hike in the rain. Back at camp our tent was looking pretty filthy, with mud being splashed up on the sides from the hard rain. But inside it was dry except for two tiny puddles in a low point, no big deal.

After the sun went down we were treated to numerous elk calling for a mate, lending a real wilderness feel to our camping experience. Perfect!

Again only 30 photos so I posted the full set on HAZ.

Medley of our hike in the rain:
http://www.youtube.com/embed/A1F7mAfPF0k
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