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Gentry Canyon - Open Draw, AZ
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Gentry Canyon - Open Draw, AZ 
Gentry Canyon - Open Draw, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 23 2015
trekkin_gecko
Hiking10.62 Miles 912 AEG
Hiking10.62 Miles   4 Hrs   5 Mns   2.69 mph
912 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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got an invite from chumley to hike a couple of the canyons up on the rim
new territory up in the high country with chums and brunop? i'm in
just over a couple hours to the spot where we dropped into gentry canyon
open woods at first, then a two track through a meadow, with the canyon soon tightening up
some areas had animal paths on either side of the creek, some places required staying in the bottom of the creek and climbing over a few obstacles
fun having brunop along
he stuck very close to todd except for exploring every bit of water he could find
took a side trip to double cabin, a fenced-off area and a spring
returned to gentry via an old roadbed then back in the canyon proper
reached the confluence with open draw, and the clouds that had been building decided to cut loose
hiked a mile and a half of open draw in a pretty good thunderstorm, with lightning and loud cracks following a little too close for comfort
the draw filled with water and we even got some hail
no sign of letting up, so we chose to finish on a forest service road, trading lower elevation for a quicker hike out
temps dropped to around 55 with some fog and a continuing steady rain
lightning wasn't as close, which made the ridge road a better choice
don't think i've been caught out like this for quite so long and will have to reevaluate my rain gear selection
would like to actually see open draw sometime - looked pretty nice
got dry clothes on and just headed back to the valley
drove through a few storms, but by the time we were near the bush highway turnoff, it was clear and well over 100 degrees
still a fun day and good hiking with todd again
thanks for the invite and for driving
nice to see more of the canyons and draws up on the rim
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