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Haunted Canyon HAZoween Hike, AZ
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Haunted Canyon HAZoween Hike, AZ 
Haunted Canyon HAZoween Hike, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 25 2014
The_Eagle
Hiking13.75 Miles 1,388 AEG
Hiking13.75 Miles   7 Hrs   19 Mns   2.58 mph
1,388 ft AEG   1 Hour   59 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Partners 9 partners
HAZ - Event
chumley
DBmooner
fan3992
friendofThundergod
John9L
JuanJaimeiii
Lucyan
Oregon_Hiker
tibber
All aboard for JJ's first annual Haunted Canyon HAZoween Hike.

JJ, Fan, Larry, Lucy, Tibber, Stephon and myself, started from the eastern Haunted Canyon TH. Devon started from the northern Haunted Canyon TH. Chum's, John9L, BoyWithDogs, Blanco, Cup all started from the Miles TH.
Larry (Oregon Hiker) came in the day before.

First time on this trail for me and it exceeded my expectations. There was a lot more tree cover than I expected and fall was just getting started. The Hike starts on a closed road next to Pinto Creek. Just before the Corral, you leave Pinto Creek and start hiking in Haunted Canyon. At the Corral, the road turns to single track, does a bit of climbing and then spends the rest of the hike in and out of Haunted Canyon.
** There is plenty of Poison Ivy on this portion of the hike **

A real pretty area with all the trees and rock formations. JJ and I checked out a Cave at the 5.3 mile mark. When I first got into it, I immediately rushed back out from the sounds of bees. The bees ended up being swarms of flys, so we continued back in. This cave goes back in quite a ways, maybe a hundred yards or so.

We stopped at HAZ Camp to the full complement of HAZ'ers..... except Tibber and Skilpore. :scared:
We arranged the search parties, developed search areas, marked everything on maps, called out the K9 crew and were just getting ready to get off our lazy rear ends, when they showed up in camp. :D

We all took a little hike to the Tony cabin area to do some 'splorin' and they a short walk down Tony's backyard to check some things out.

Some in our day hiking group had places to be that night, so we bid our ado's to those that weren't searching for piles of rocks and booked back down the trail. Devon joined us up to the cave area and Chum's hiked back to the corral with us.

First time meeting HAZers Lucyan (Lucy), Fan3992 (Fan), Skillpore (Stephen), DBMooner (Devon).... Great meeting you all. Good to see Oregon Hiker (Larry), Tibber (Angela), John9L (John), buddyoflightningbreath (Lee), Widowmaker (Larry), juanjamieiii (JJ), and Chumley (as the Beaver).

Thanks for driving the magic bus to the TH JJ!!


Short Video :next: http://youtu.be/6kDkFACerl4
Flora
Flora
Poison Ivy
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Tony Ranch Spring
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Haunted Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Had pockets of water off and on.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max JJs Haunted Canyon Spring Dripping Dripping
Plenty of pooled water.
Based on the appearance of moss and ferns, this appears to be Perenial

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Tony Ranch Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Always reliable and trough was full with clean cool water
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