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Power Lines & Canyons Loop X2, AZ
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Power Lines & Canyons Loop X2, AZ 
Power Lines & Canyons Loop X2, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 22 2014
CannondaleKid
Hiking5.80 Miles 1,290 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles   3 Hrs   32 Mns   1.72 mph
1,290 ft AEG      10 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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After our Power Lines & Canyons hike of a few days ago I couldn't wait to get back out for more. Using the Satellite view of Route Manager it was pretty easy to map out a few more of the power line maintenance roads along with the possible canyons to loop back, but I wouldn't know if the canyons were easily passable until I got there.

I began the first part on the maintenance road from Mesquite Creek, followed it up to the ridge then across until the road dropped down to climb the next ridge, where I left the road and began the canyons portion of the loop.

Unlike the hike of a few days ago on the other side of Apache Trail, this one had more wide, flat areas, probably due to higher water flows. Whatever, it made the going quite easy. It was only on the return leg where I had to back-track for a few by-passes, none of which amounted to much... if I had been wearing shorts and Teva's I would have continued through the water as the deepest part of the deepest pool wasn't much more than 2 to 3 feet.

Every once in a while when I saw a possible route to climb up the ridge in the center of my loop I marked a waypoint in case I hit a spot where I couldn't get by. In the end there was no need and I made a full loop of it. However, I did find a number of areas I'll for further exploration, and soon.

For the second part of my Power Lines & Canyons Loop re-do I started just below the concrete building along Apache Trail on the last uphill straight before the tight windy part.

Again I began by following a maintenance road to it's conclusion. Then I followed a long ridge before dropping down to hopefully climb back up to return on another maintenance road. It turns out I didn't have to worry as someone had placed a ladder in a very convenient spot. All I had to do was zig-zag up a few levels then up the ladder and I was back on the road.

More photos this trip but no video. :(
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