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Royal Arch via Point HuitzilNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Mar 13 2015
nonot
Backpack40.00 Miles 7,500 AEG
Backpack40.00 Miles5 Days         
7,500 ft AEG40 LBS Pack
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1st trip
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The road to S Bass was dried out, and the big snow dump had melted, which were my biggest concerns.

The route down the Coconino is truly a wonder, and was glad I finally had the opportunity to check it out. I can only wonder how much effort it was to haul that tree ladder up there (or perhaps down there).

The rest of the route to the arch was fairly straightforward and water was abundant. The arch was impressive and I can see why many people like to camp out right there at the end.

The rappel is fairly straightforward and soon enough I was at the Colorado River. Elves chasm was nice to visit and I grabbed a bunch of water since I wasn't sure whether any of the water until S Bass would be drinkable. As it turned out I had to make it last all the way to S Bass, as even though Garnet was flowing I wasn't sure if it was drinkable. Copper Canyon was surprisingly dry, though I did observe a small pool as I was on the Tonto above it after leaving the canyon.

There was a small pool in S Bass, and I headed down towards the river. The S Bass trail is in good shape up to the rim and I finally spotted the small ruin in the Coconino

Most days I had to hide in the shade between 1 and 4 because of the heat. But the nights were fairly mild and I can't complain too much
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Royal Arch - GCNP
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated

dry Bass Canyon Dry Dry
Dry, 1 small pool about 2/3 of a mile below the Tonto intersection, and one other pool about a quarter mile further down.

dry Copper Canyon Dry Dry
Dry, though I did observe one pool a few hundred yards below the Tonto confluence

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Garnet Canyon Light flow Light flow
light flow, but I have been warned the water here is salty

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Royal Arch Creek Light flow Light flow
Light flow near the arch, trickle and pools in the upper reaches.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Shinumo Creek Medium flow Medium flow
Pretty good flow, observed from across the river.
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