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South Bass TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2014
Dave1
Hiking25.50 Miles 7,400 AEG
Hiking25.50 Miles   13 Hrs      2.32 mph
7,400 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break
 
1st trip
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Had Royal Arch on the HAZ calendar but the PM system must be down 'cause no one was able to get a hold of me. Decided to go back to Flint Creek instead. I spent a cold night in the back of my truck at South Bass TH. 17 was the predicted low. Was hard to get out of my bag in the morning so I didn't hit the trail until about 8:30am. Down South Bass and then crossed the river, same spot as last time. In an attempt to reduce weight and bulk, I used a small extending paddle instead of a kayak paddle and an inflatable life vest. Went up Shinumo and then up Flint Creek. Shinumo had a major flash flood since the last time I was here and the place is almost unrecognizable! Many of the cottonwoods are gone and the creek changed its course in many spots. Some of the Bass Camp artifacts are either buried in silt or washed down the creek. Shinumo used to run a few hundred feet from Bass Camp but now it's only about 25 feet away.
Didn't have enough time to get to my destination in Flint as I got a late start and wanted to get back to the river before it got dark. Saw some small ruins near Shinumo as a consolation. On one of the many crossings of Shinumo, I stepped on a trick rock that rolled out from under me, sending me up to my neck into the creek. R.I.P. Canon S110 :(

I left a water bottle cached at the Redwall on South Bass. On the way out I still had plenty of water so instead of dumping it I left the bottle on the trail in case someone needs it (I did last time. Thanks JoeyB!) Is this trash? Maybe. It's common for people to run out of water on SB while exiting the Royal Arch Route. I think the last water is typically Copper Canyon unless they make a side trip to the Colorado. I hope someone can use it and then carries out the empty.

FR328 vs. my truck: Broken front strut and missing sway bar link. No flats this time.

No one at the Rez gate, in or out.

2 1/4 liters

dry Bass Canyon Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Shinumo Creek Medium flow Medium flow
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