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Slate Creek Exploration, AZ
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Slate Creek Exploration, AZ 
Slate Creek Exploration, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 08 2014
topohiker
Hiking26.91 Miles 3,675 AEG
Hiking26.91 Miles   11 Hrs   26 Mns   2.85 mph
3,675 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break
 
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Fan and I explored along the Slate creek from the Bee-line to SR-188. We started at a corral about a mile north of the Mt.Ord/Slate creek exit. We followed FR-26 across the Corral Creek and then followed a series of black PCV/water pipes down the road/creek. We explored numerous offshoots following the water pipe to water tanks. All of the water tanks were full and some were overflowing. The most interesting side trip was to the Brunson Ranch. It took a bit of exploring to find the ruins of the ranch. At first we followed a water line up a drainage to where it ended. Fan found a foot path that crossed a dry creek and then we found the remains of a ranch. There were pieces of slab around the creek bed. A little more wandering found a fruit tree (Pomegranate?) and a rusted antique car :D .

We took a side trip to another water tank and then followed it to SR-188. We got about 500 feet from SR-188 and road ended at a ranch. We scouted around the ranch and came out at SR-188. There was a forest service gate with a “Please close the gate” and a “no trespassing” sign :o . I don’t think we were trespassing. I think the rancher didn’t want people by their property.

It took some bushwhacking and fence hopping :yuck: (twice!) to get back into the Slate creek. We took lunch at the Tonto Creek. The original plan was to further explore around the Tonto Creek / SR188 area, but the heat was affecting Fan, so we turned around early.
When we got back to the Jeep, Fan rested as I went under the bee-line to hike around the Cane Springs area.

FR26 is in bad shape there are numerous washouts. The lower/eastern half of the road is creek bed. We did see tire marks, so people still do drive it. I think it’s more of an ATV trail.

It was a fun hike. I had low expatiations, but the views of mountains and old car exceeded them. We saw about 10 wild horses around the creek bed. They were friendly. I think they were looking for apples!
I had forgotten my camera at home ](*,) , so used the standby smartphone.
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