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Leonard Fairchild Loop, AZ
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Leonard Fairchild Loop, AZ 
Leonard Fairchild Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 08 2015
chumley
Hiking14.95 Miles 1,305 AEG
Hiking14.95 Miles   6 Hrs   27 Mns   2.68 mph
1,305 ft AEG      52 Mns Break
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The Beards were entertaining some friends up north this weekend with the primary purpose of gathering wild raspberries for an upcoming beer they are brewing. I decided to go along and put together a few options for a hike in some canyons and draws I hadn't previously visited. With enough miles on the map, I was able to convince 9L, Claire, and Fotg to come along as well.

East Leonard north of Knoll Lake is a well-traveled canyon with use trails that are easy to find and follow. Intermittent water made this a pleasant, scenic little canyon. We encountered some heavy machinery doing some work in the canyon bottom, and I can't find any indication that it was private property, but I'm looking into that some more. Definitely the most unusual sighting of the day.

We jumped east one canyon and headed up the very lush Fairchild Draw. There was virtually no water in this draw, save for a couple of small muddy pots, probably just the result of recent monsoon rains.

Next, with the goal of Double Cabin, we headed one more drainage to the east, checked out this very sturdy cabin ruin that appears to have been made from some huge milled pieces of timber (easily 16" square). It has uniquely different construction from other cabins I've seen up here.

O'Haco Cabins were on the list, but they have always been on private property. Apparently the land owners have re-established residency there from the dilapidated shacks that existed 10 years ago. (*Edit- The property was sold in November 2012, and it seems it is the new owners that have fixed the place up again).

Finally we visited O'Haco Lookout, a very tall tower in a fenced in FS compound with a cabin, basketball court, picnic area and bbq. This tower appears to be out of commission, but offers fantastic views over the rim.

Back at camp we enjoyed a fun evening around the fire before spending Sunday celebrating some dumb anniversary, picking berries and enjoying the pleasant weather at elevation. Not too bad!
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Fire - Wildfire
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Very colorful in the drainages. Especially in the fenced in exclosure areas.

dry Buck Springs Canyon Dry Dry
Dry at junction with Leonard Canyon

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Dines Tank 76-100% full 76-100% full
Full and deep.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Double Cabin Spring Dripping Dripping
Spring is inaccessible due to protective fencing. Some surface water is found in the draw downstream of the fencing.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max East Leonard Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Occasional pools. Sometimes dry.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Knoll Lake 76-100% full 76-100% full

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max West Leonard Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Occasional pools. Sometimes dry.
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