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Goat Springs Trail - Squaw Peak 6525 Loop, AZ
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Goat Springs Trail - Squaw Peak 6525 Loop, AZ 
Goat Springs Trail - Squaw Peak 6525 Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 05 2015
joebartels
Hiking18.55 Miles 4,310 AEG
Hiking18.55 Miles   9 Hrs   39 Mns   2.14 mph
4,310 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
 
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Goat Springs Trail #542 exceeded my expectations. Do not get excited. It's just a hike into a forest that hasn't been wiped out by fire. A couple seeps are marked in my [ gps route ] . Forward ascending views are steep grades covered with junipers. Ending in a canopy of trees that included walnut and cottonwoods near Goat Camp Spring. Perhaps five years past maintenance yet very shorts friendly. No flowing water. The seeps only produced enough for some mean looking foxtails. A couple small pools off route you might be able to filter in a pinch.

Upper Goat Spring Canyon
Soon after #542, the trees parted for a scattered boulder hop. No catclaw. Live oak teased once or twice. Kept expecting the worse and it was a saint the entire way. The upper end has three dryfalls. Maybe two twenties and a ten. Just fun.

Mudland to Squaw Peak 6525
The fun was over. A medium downpour lingered through breezeless drab... cattle range. Each step gained a pound of unshakable clay like mud. Mini victories of mud separation never lasted more than two steps. A cabin on Arnold's Mesa helped bring sanity back into play. The rains let up and we heard a hunter exiting his post.

Squaw Peak looked intimidating in the distance. Halfway across the bench of the cedarless wilderness we lunched with chasm views. Travel eased and before we knew it we were on Squaw Peak in perfect weather.

Return
Road walk. Down a steep powerline grade. Road walk.

Carried 4 qts, consumed 3
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