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Gila River Canyons - AZT #16
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Gila River Canyons - AZT #16Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 20 2014
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Hiking30.36 Miles 4,694 AEG
Hiking30.36 Miles   13 Hrs   51 Mns   2.44 mph
4,694 ft AEG   1 Hour   24 Mns Break
 
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Fan and I did my favorite AZT section – Gila River Canyons. I parked by artisan well.

Good news / bad news time.

Good news the road to the well has been smoothed out with sand. The minor steps by the gate are now gone.

Bad news: The artisan well is gone! :( The well been capped off a sewer pipe. You can hear the water running but it going underground ‘somewhere’ within the sewer pipe . The creek bed is now dry! ](*,) I parked by the bard wire fence, since the old trailhead is now gated off.

The hike.
We went down to the old AZT section and then to the new AZT section. When we got to the Gila, Fan took a break as I went to the Coke Ovens. Since Fan hadn’t completed AZT 16, we took the trail back.
I was concerned that Walnut Canyon may have been gated off and not passable due to private property fence. Fan was determined that NO fence, no matter how tall or impassible would stop her from getting to the Jeep. The other option would be a 1~2 mile detour on the road.
Walnut canyon was dry. Which made hiking easier, but not as pretty as it was. There was two spots with some running water, but not like other times.

We did come across two fences. One was halfway down the canyon. It was game/cattle fence with a gate. Fan immediately wanted to go under the fence. I showed her the gate and we used that. The second fence was the one that I parked by. Again Fan wanted to immediately go through the fence. She wanted me hold up top of the bard wire as she would go through the middle of the fence. I found a place where we could climb a boulder and safely go over the fence. We went over boulder.

It was a fun hike. The morning was cold. I didn’t warm up until 2 PM. Then it got cold at 5 PM.

Now Fan has completed AZT #16!
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