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Horse and Hoyle Canyons via Black Canyon, AZ
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Horse and Hoyle Canyons via Black Canyon, AZ 
Horse and Hoyle Canyons via Black Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 13 2014
topohiker
Hiking38.86 Miles 4,178 AEG
Hiking38.86 Miles   13 Hrs   40 Mns   3.15 mph
4,178 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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HAZ tracks rules! :DANCE:
The off-line maps is great. I love having the forest service topo maps on a handheld device. :DANCE:

The goal today was to explore Horse and Holye canyons from where they meet Black Canyon. I started at the General Crook TH by the Black canyon rim campground. I headed down the hangman’s trail to FR86 to the lake/Rocky Bluff trail. By the lake I saw some wild horses, but this time they didn't run away.

The old road going into Horse canyon is gone. I found a cattle/game trail. The game trail went up horse canyon and is very well defined. I followed the game trail to about a mile from where the canyon meets the rim. At this point the trail disappeared and the canyon started to close up. I climbed out of the canyon to the FR that I wanted to follow all along. I came out by where the FR meet SR 260 and followed it back to Black Canyon. I passed a couple of tanks by this point, but the one that really stood out was HAZ's own "JJ Tank". There's JJ south and JJ north. What's this? JJ East? I surprised a small herd of elk just shy of the tank.

I came to a great view of Black Canyon lake. I had not expected this view and it became the day’s lunch spot :y: . I followed the road to the ridge tank and then road disappeared. A foot path started at the tank and became faint (and sometimes disappeared) as it descended into the Black Canyon.

Hoyle canyon is an old road. It follows the canyon as it slowly climbs up. It temporarily disappears when it leaves the canyon. The road goes to an overlook, but it turns into a foot path soon after going by clay tank. The overlook was not that special. I headed back down Black canyon and came out at FR86 near Heber.

I returned via FR 86 to the Jeep.

It was mostly a chilly day. It rained on me twice and the night was cold. There is still a bit more of Hoyle canyon left to explore.
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