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Tonto Trail: Grandview Trail to South KaibabNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 23 2015
hikeaz
Hiking20.75 Miles 2,424 AEG
Hiking20.75 Miles
2,424 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
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Nice jaunt across the Tonto - stops at the lower caves in Cottonwood (water flowing in the canyon), Grapevine; (extensively explored up and down-canyon from the crossing)(water flowing there as well - and the unnamed side canyon on the east side of Grapevine Canyon also had flowing water), Lonetree;(rained quite a bit, but visited (jealously) for quite a while with 2 'Haydukers' on the last leg of their trip, Cremation; again explored up and down canyon for a full day and had a layover day to hike down to Phantom for a beer (they have added Grand Canyon Amber to the standard Bud & Tecate offerings)and some cards and then back to Cremation. NOTE: the western boundary of the Cremation camping 'zone' has been moved eastward to the bottom of the western arm of Cremation - even had a BC L/E ranger pop in (where do they FIND these guys?) Why they moved the boundary is a mystery, but as there was no rain in the vicinity, camping in the drainage was pretty nice!
Rim-bound, used the cut-off route igallery/image_page.php?id=4590 to avoid the tip-off (much better going DOWN this shortcut) then up the SK to the Rim. SK is getting a lot of mule traffic as the NPS has moved trips from the BA and unfortunately the trail shows it.
Nice, somewhat blustery days were perfect for backpacking the Tonto. Prickley-Pears were blooming like crazy! Globemallows, etc. as well. REALLY pretty time to be in the Canyon!
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Cottonwood Creek Medium flow Medium flow
Flowing at the Tonto Crossing and above

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Cremation Creek Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
No flow whatsoever. Pools in the narrows (center arm) just downstream of the Tonto crossing, will likely not last long.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Grapevine Creek Medium flow Medium flow
Flowing at the crossing - MUCHO water upstream in the narrows section

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Lonetree Canyon Light flow Light flow
Slight flow at the Tonto crossing- Real spring is down-canyon about 10/15 minutes, creek right
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