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Rock Creek / Barnhardt Loop, AZ
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Rock Creek / Barnhardt Loop, AZ 
Rock Creek / Barnhardt Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 28 2015
Tough_Boots
Hiking19.00 Miles 4,530 AEG
Hiking19.00 Miles   9 Hrs   15 Mns   2.05 mph
4,530 ft AEG
 
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First of all-- Chumley, you did an amazing job fixing the Half Moon. I don't have a single scratch from that trail. You made a miracle happen :app:

Here we go... first thing to know-- if Lee comes up with "Plan B", first make sure he understands what a "Plan B" is or you end up doing what you were trying to avoid :lol: I should just blame myself-- I knew what I was getting into. I just love that loop.

It rained and hailed all day. Not just most of the day-- all day. And it was cold-- oh man, it was cold. The Half Moon was nice and Rock Creek is just as steep as I remembered. Its a beautiful "trail" so usually worth it. At the falls, we scoffed at Lee's idea of turning around. We made it up to the ridgeline and made our way down to the AZT. We followed trail as best we could but ended up bushwacking a good bit down to the trail. I realized at some point that I had lost my pack cover and had no clue where. I'm not gonna pretend I looked very hard-- that baby is gone. Finders keepers-- I think I have a couple extra :D

Karl and Lee went ahead of me as I stopped to see if maybe I could fit my rain jacket over my backpack-- no go. Very quickly I realized that I had pretty much just ruined my life. Without my jacket on, my sweat soaked shirt underneath quickly sucked every ounce of heat from my body. I put the jacket back on and started walking to get my temp back up. I was actually cold enough to worry a bit that I might have a serious problem especially since we had over 10 more miles to go. I felt myself slowly regain some warmth but was still really really cold. I caught up with Karl and Lee near Horse Camp Seep where we had talked about stopping for lunch. I was already prepared to tell them that I couldn't stop and needed to keep moving when I realized they had the same idea.

We booked it the rest of the way. I only stopped quickly a couple times to pull a small snack out to eat on the run. The rest of the hike actually went by pretty quick for me. I warmed up enough to not want to die and once we dropped into Barnhardt canyon, I felt better and better. We saw one group of hikers all day-- a group of college age girls having a nice little hike up to the falls.

I got home to a nice hot shower. It almost immediately hit me how tired and hungry I was.
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