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2015-04-20  
HCW 3018' and 3219', AZ
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HCW 3018' and 3219', AZ 
HCW 3018' and 3219', AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 20 2015
Barrett
Hiking7.60 Miles 3,023 AEG
Hiking7.60 Miles   5 Hrs   50 Mns   1.69 mph
3,023 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break
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Rolled up Morgan City Wash to the Hell's Canyon Wilderness Horse Spring Trailhead, signing the register at 6:30 am and headed east with a smile on my face.
Copped a seat at Horse Spring, watching the water bugs and taking a moment to celebrate April 20th, deciding the bottom was the best green ever. :D
Left the trail to follow Horse Creek northeast, finding a little brush in the beginning, but after the remains of the well, an excellent route. The walls began to rise, and soon I was at the junction of Horse Creek and Garfias Wash, where the spring began to flow and a decent 30 foot deep alcove provided intrigue. The canyon continued, the geology and character kept changing as the flow alternated between pools and underground, some crystal clear, others completely covered in green slime. About a hundred pictures later the canyon opened up and headed south, where I got my first glimpse of 3018', my first goal.
The entire north side looked out of the question, so I followed the base around counterclockwise and found a decent gulley up on the south side, taking another seat in the shade and enjoying a Young's Double Chocolate Stout in the shade. :) .
Just as I was getting my gear together to head down, I felt a sting on the back of my head, swatting the bee and feeling the stinger. I stopped, listening for that terrible sound.
I heard no hive, and thought the attack rather odd, but grabbed my hat and started moving just as another bee dive bombed my left wrist and stung. O.K., now I'm awake. Probably my biggest hiking fear - bee attack on dangerous terrain.
I pulled my hat down, kept my mouth closed, and tried my best to get down as fast I could. The exposure was not lethal, but an injury would only make me slower.
For about 100 yards I flew down , at least one bee getting all up in my business but deciding not to sting. :worthy: When he finally let me go, I slowed a bit but put another 50 yards in for good measure. What a relief! :y:
Happy but now hearing bees everywhere, I headed west to bag 3219', finding no register, only a sweet ridge southwest with a great view of 3465'. From there I dropped back down to Burro Flats, picking up the trail and heading back to Horse Spring. After all of the trips out to this wilderness, it was great to finally discover what probably inspired it's designation. Hell Canyon and it's springs are amazing.
Oh, and I hate bees.
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