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Highline Trail #47 - Apache Sitgreaves
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Highline Trail #47 - Apache SitgreavesAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar May 24 2015
friendofThundergod
Hiking16.96 Miles 4,288 AEG
Hiking16.96 Miles
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The goal of this hike was to reach Chitty Canyon; a canyon that has supposedly remained pristine with zero logging and no fires within recent memory. Chitty trail and canyon can only be reached from various trails, as there is no access from the road or designated trail head.

High Line Trail #47 was a great choice for accessing Chitty Canyon. The trail was well maintained and had several great stretches along various creeks and through forest of gigantic ponderosa. The trail is not only a nice trail, but its ending is where the real beauty starts; Chitty Canyon.

High Line is very up and down and it wears on you a little, but the trail is generally in great shape. We reached Chitty canyon and immediately saw the falls described in description, however, cascades would probably be a more appropriate term, very picturesque though and certainly worth the miles. I intended to make a loop out of Chitty Canyon Trail and the Salt House Trail. However, just as I was starting to bask in the beauty of Chitty canyon, I noticed something. My sunglasses were no longer on my head! Although it pained me, I decided to abort my loop and turn my hike into an out and back, with the off chance that I might run across my sunglasses in the trail.

My decision paid off. Probably not even a full mile back on the steep descent were my sunglasses in the middle of the trail On the way down, I took a nasty fall and fell completely flat on my pack. I remember thinking how lucky I was the pack cushioned my fall, but my neck snapped pretty hard. In fact, my head snapped so hard that my sunglasses fell off. How lucky can you get?

The rest of the trail was pretty uneventful. I explored some other trails that intersected #47 and made a short loop on the way back with Crab Apple Tree Trail. We did see another bear though. This one took us all by surprise, I had just stopped to grab something out of my bag when a huge crash in the drainage next to us revealed a bear making a bee line for the top of the small canyon. Blanco did much better this time. He made a pretty dedicated first move towards the bear, but stopped after a firm yell. The bear was also 400 feet ahead of him by this point, that may have contributed to him stopping as well.
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