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Wildcat Canyon to Cuff Button Spring, AZ
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Wildcat Canyon to Cuff Button Spring, AZ 
Wildcat Canyon to Cuff Button Spring, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 22 2014
hikerdw
Hiking9.63 Miles 1,617 AEG
Hiking9.63 Miles   5 Hrs   21 Mns   2.35 mph
1,617 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break
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This was trip 32 in the Superstition Wilderness Trails East book by Carlson/Stewart. A great day hike in a seldom visited area. Although the majority of the hike was off trail it really didn't feel that way. The hike from the barn to the first ridge (two pine trees) was very well defined and seems to get a lot of traffic. From there to the fence the trail is a little tougher to find but fairly easy to re-locate as long as you keep your bearings headed in the north/south direction. As mentioned in the book description it is worth the effort to locate the west gate at the fence line just before you drop into Wildcat Canyon, or at least find that ravine. Very easy travel from there to the canyon bed. Once you are in the canyon, other than the boulder hopping, travel is fairly smooth other than busting through some low hanging tree branches once in a while. Cuff Button to the corral is the only official trail we traveled on. Once at the corral we bushwhacked our way back to the Cuff Button Spring. Well worth the effort as the location was very scenic. Plenty of water at both the Oak Spring and Cuff Button Spring.

Started and ended the hike to an empty trailhead.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Cuff Button Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Very nice flow if you make the 0.2 miles back to the actual spring location.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Oak Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Plenty of clear water with a slight flow.
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