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Parker Creek Trail #160
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Parker Creek Trail #160Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 21 2014
CannondaleKid
Hiking3.80 Miles 1,270 AEG
Hiking3.80 Miles   2 Hrs   29 Mns   1.58 mph
1,270 ft AEG      5 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
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This would be hike #2 on day #4 of our Sierra Ancha hiking/camping trip.

Upon the early afternoon return to camp after our summit of Carr Peak we now had five new neighbors... as we drove in past (more like through) their huge campsite we took a moment to chat with them. We found they were all together and were excited for the bow hunting opening the next morning. When I asked what they would be hunting the quick response was deer, turkey, bear. Hmmm... bear? with a bow? Not something I'd want to try but then again, I'm not a hunter.

Anyway, once back to our campsite, Tracey voiced the concern of would we get any sleep if we stayed here. It had been loud enough until late with just two hunters the night before so although hopefully they would turn in early to be prepared for an early start Friday, we didn't want to take the chance. And while I wasn't worried about getting shot by a bow hunter, we figured it wasn't worth any possible wrath if we scared their prey away... especially since we'd scared up plenty of deer and some elk in the last few days. Yup, in this me-first society I have no problem acquiescing a bit to the rights and feelings of others.

Further, as wiped out as Tracey would be after 5 straight days of hiking and the likelihood her first day back at work would be a drag, we decided to pack up and catch our last hike on the Parker Creek Trail as we were on the way home driving by on AZ 288.

As we pulled into the turnout at the official Parker Creek TH (no longer by the Experimental Forest Station area, where there was plenty of parking) what did we find but a pickup & huge camping trailer along with a couple guys who had their targets set up for practice. While I really didn't think camping was allowed at such a small TH, if there ever had been a No Camping sign there was none in evidence, so I didn't say anything. But not being comfortable with the situation, we backed out and found a spot to pull off the other side of the road.

By now it was getting late enough we'd be returning after dark, and since we'd hiked partway down from the top last month, we decided to hike a little past half-way-to-sunset then turn around.

Although a steep trail it was a well-used and well-defined trail, and a pretty smooth one at that so it was nice. If it weren't for Tracey making close personal friends with a stinging IO Moth Caterpillar. There's a photo of it in the accompanying set but I just realized I forgot to take a photo of Tracey's arm afterward. It was nasty for a while, but the hydro-cortisone I had along seemed to help.

Since time was short and we didn't complete it, we'll be back this Wednesday to do it again and take in more of the ridge than we did on the rainy day.

All the photos are posted on HAZ.

A 3-minute water flow medley video is here:
http://www.youtube.com/embed/FOPM3qsB8Y4
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