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Red Creek - Western Verde River Trail, AZ
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Red Creek - Western Verde River Trail, AZ 
Red Creek - Western Verde River Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 09 2014
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Hiking29.14 Miles 3,184 AEG
Hiking29.14 Miles   12 Hrs   30 Mns   2.78 mph
3,184 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break
 
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The Red Creek / Western Verde River trail been on my must do list for a while. I had a day off so off I went.

I started at the FR269/FR18 intersection.
Red Creek is a cool place. The creek reminds me of rural Ohio. It was a treat to be walking in the tall trees.

The gate at the corral is open. I’m not sure if it’s related or not, but there was shotgun shells by the open gate. There’s a newer fence blocking an old jeep road that leads to the Alkali seep.
I didn't find the pilot log book/ammo case. I think the airport is closed for maintenance.

Next I hiked the western side of the Verde River trail. The trail is an old jeep road for the first 2+ miles. Then it’s a trail that crosses many washes/drainages. I did a quick side trip to the top of Mule Shoe Bend Mesa ( I made this name up) for views of the Verde.
The northern section of the Verde River trail is a mess. The trail is faint and the cairns are scarce. It seems like the forest service gave up by the Pete’s Cabin Mesa crossing. They just put up a ~20 foot pole and let you figure out the rest.

The moon didn't come until I was near the jeep. So much for a moon light hike :cry: . The temps were perfect. With a 77degree forecast, I was expecting it to be warm. The only time it felt warm was when I was climbing the “Mule Shoe Bend Mesa”

I didn't see or hear another person the entire day. I had the entire place to myself!
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