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Beehouse - Two Cabin - Buck Basin - Nelson, AZ
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Beehouse - Two Cabin - Buck Basin - Nelson, AZ 
Beehouse - Two Cabin - Buck Basin - Nelson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 09 2015
Hiking18.22 Miles 3,910 AEG
Hiking18.22 Miles   9 Hrs   33 Mns   2.13 mph
3,910 ft AEG      59 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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Some time ago, while perusing TOPO maps, I spotted The area of Mikes Cabin in the Pine Mountain Wilderness. I researched it to see if I could find any info on it, to no avail. So is been on my radar for quite awhile now to see why it was there on the maps. I also spotted another cabin so lets make a loop with some water also!

After a 20 mile peaceful drive in the JJ Mobile down FR68 :scared: :o, we set our feet on terra firma and made our way up the Nelson Trail #159, to the Pine Flat Trail #165. Another one of the goals on this hike, was to confirm or deny the existence of Trail #72 also shown as Pine Flats on the TOPO maps. This trail is shown to leave the #165 up top and work on down to behind the Double T Ranch below. While it is not signed at the #165, there is evidence of cairns. A job for another day to possibly investigate.

We dropped into the South Prong of the Sycamore creek from the #165. This area was much cooler than expected. Nice boulders, water, birds.... We made our way down towards the area on the TOPO maps indicated as Mikes Cabin. It became quite evident that we were not the only ones to enjoy this Riparian delight. There were luckily, use trails for much of the length of this creek. Just upstream of the cabin area was an old wooden table, some pots and cans.

We searched for remnants of "Mikes Cabin" but only found a labyrinth of rock walls, old wooden fence posts and some more pots and cans.
Maybe we missed something?

Out of the SP of Sycamore and scramble up through the bramble to join the Nelson Trail #159 again. I was worried about this part since it looked so thick on satellite. We made it up slowly and actually found an old trail (maybe the original way into Mikes Cabin), towards the top.

The Buck Basin Trail #158 always intrigued me. Probably because of the name. This actually followed an old jeep road to the tank. It was OK, but no need to do it again.

Next, the second cabin of the day, at Cabin Spring. This cabin is newer and probably used as a hunting camp. Sleeps four inside, wired for electricity (via generator), gas stove, wood stove. Cabin Spring is encased and covered.

Cabin Spring Cabin Video :next: ... kxtM

JJ picked us another route down into the SP of Sycamore Creek that worked out pretty well. We followed more use trails next to the creek, until we spotted a trail that left the creek. The trail had seen horse traffic, so we thought it could keep us from boulder hopping. A great trail for awhile until it ended in a catclaw nightmare. We retreated back to the creek. do NOT take this option.

Now in Sycamore Creek, working upstream, the views just kept getting better. Finishing up in a little slice of Paradise. It's the last scene in this video, that I caught a portion of as my camera battery died.

South Prong and Sycamore Creek Video :next: ... Vkm4

Glad we were finally to get to this one.

Thanks for driving JJ (I think). I'm just getting the feeling back in my grab handle hand.
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dry Beehouse Canyon Dry Dry

dry Buck Basin Tank Dry Dry

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Spring is enclosed at the cabin, but there are areas right at the spring to be able to filter.

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Source not found, but plenty of water to be found the entire length of our travels in South Prong

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Plenty to filter

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max South Prong Sycamore Creek Light flow Light flow
Plenty of areas to filter from. Creek goes below ground in places.

dry Tank Canyon Dry Dry
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